May 6, 2016

Historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Marcia Franklin talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Idaho native Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

Ulrich, the 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University, grew up in Sugar City, Idaho. A scholar of women's history, she won a Pulitzer in 1991 for her book, 'A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard,' which was also adapted into a PBS 'American Experience' documentary. Ulrich was also a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow from 1992 to 1997, and is the past president of the American Historical Association.

Ulrich is perhaps best known in non-academic circles as the person who coined the phrase “Well-behaved women seldom make history.”

The author of seven books, her latest work, due out in January, 2017, is titled 'A House Full of Females: Mormon Diaries, 1835-1870.'

Franklin talks to Professor Ulrich about why she wanted to write the book, which chronicles the lives of women in polygamous marriages and their roles, and what she learned. The two also discuss her experience as a Mormon feminist, and her family’s history in Idaho. She last spoke with Ulrich in 2009, and that interview can be streamed at the IdahoPTV's online video player.