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The Captain's Widow of SandwichSelf-Invention and the Life of Hannah Rebecca Burgess, 1834-1917$
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Megan Taylor Shockley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814783191

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814783191.001.0001

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Visible and Invisible

Visible and Invisible

Rebecca’s Multiple Identities

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The Captain's Widow of Sandwich

Megan Taylor Shockley

NYU Press

This chapter examines the ways in which Rebecca engaged in negotiating between multiple identities simultaneously. Her multiple identities speak to the way in which she wanted to be remembered, and her embrace of different personas reflects a practice in which all humans engage. All people employ different identities at the same time, and these identities are complex and socially constructed. What makes Rebecca unusual is the way she inscribed all her identities and retained those narratives for the public to peruse. Rebecca's identities suggested what was important to her—country, kin, community, and, of course, her ongoing “relationship” with William.

Keywords:   multiple identities, country, kin, community, William Burgess, constructing identities

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