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The Resource Westering women and the frontier experience, 1800-1915, Sandra L. Myres

Westering women and the frontier experience, 1800-1915, Sandra L. Myres

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Westering women and the frontier experience, 1800-1915
Title
Westering women and the frontier experience, 1800-1915
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Sandra L. Myres
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eng
Summary
In this book frontier women gain a voice they never had. Professor Myers uses extensive new material by and about women--letters, journals, and reminiscences from over 400 collections--to study the impact of the frontier on women's lives and the role of women in the West. She offers a major reinterpretation of the experience of pioneer women, including that of Indian, Mexican, French, black, and Anglo-American women. Her account re-creates in detail the frontier experience of all these women, beginning with their physical and intellectual responses to the trek West, and concluding with their struggle for political suffrage and economic opportunity. Women moved from civilization to the frontier encumbered by more than baggage. they also had to overcome literary and social stereotypes depicting them as "sun-bonnet saints," "gentle tamers," or "silent partners." The real opinions and true feelings of frontier women in the West are carefully put forth in this book. We learn their views on wilderness, Indians, race, and religion as well as how they reacted to the daily challenges of keeping house, raising a family, and gaining a measure of equality. Sandra Myers perceptively reinterprets here the lives and impressions of a variety of frontier women, and colorful characters like Calamity Jane and Poker Alice. Her impeccable attention to historical detail combined with the sheer fascination of the materials and subject make a book that will appeal to many readers.
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305.4/2/0978
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ1410
LC item number
.M96 1982
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Histories of the American frontier
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Westering women and the frontier experience, 1800-1915, Sandra L. Myres
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • The madonna of the prairies and Calamity Jane: images of westering women -- The pleasing awfulness: women's views of wilderness -- "Land of savagery/land of promise": women's views of Indians -- The savage within: women, race, religion, and class on the frontier -- Westward ho! Women on the Overland Trails -- A new home -- who'll follow: women and frontier homemaking -- A pioneer's search for an ideal home: women, family, and community on the frontier -- Suffering for suffrage: women and the struggle for political, legal, and economic rights -- If all we did was to weep at home: women as frontier entrepreneurs
  • The madonna of the prairies and Calamity Jane: images of westering women -- The pleasing awfulness: women's views of wilderness -- "Land of savagery/land of promise": women's views of Indians -- The savage within: women, race, religion, and class on the frontier -- Westward ho! Women on the Overland Trails -- A new home -- who'll follow: women and frontier homemaking -- A pioneer's search for an ideal home: women, family, and community on the frontier -- Suffering for suffrage: women and the struggle for political, legal, and economic rights -- If all we did was to weep at home: women as frontier entrepreneurs
Control code
8389784
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxii, 365 pages
Isbn
9780826306265
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
82006956
Note
  • Core title in Resources for College Libraries.
  • Library{u2019}s copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. Paperbound.
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Westering women and the frontier experience, 1800-1915, Sandra L. Myres
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • The madonna of the prairies and Calamity Jane: images of westering women -- The pleasing awfulness: women's views of wilderness -- "Land of savagery/land of promise": women's views of Indians -- The savage within: women, race, religion, and class on the frontier -- Westward ho! Women on the Overland Trails -- A new home -- who'll follow: women and frontier homemaking -- A pioneer's search for an ideal home: women, family, and community on the frontier -- Suffering for suffrage: women and the struggle for political, legal, and economic rights -- If all we did was to weep at home: women as frontier entrepreneurs
  • The madonna of the prairies and Calamity Jane: images of westering women -- The pleasing awfulness: women's views of wilderness -- "Land of savagery/land of promise": women's views of Indians -- The savage within: women, race, religion, and class on the frontier -- Westward ho! Women on the Overland Trails -- A new home -- who'll follow: women and frontier homemaking -- A pioneer's search for an ideal home: women, family, and community on the frontier -- Suffering for suffrage: women and the struggle for political, legal, and economic rights -- If all we did was to weep at home: women as frontier entrepreneurs
Control code
8389784
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxii, 365 pages
Isbn
9780826306265
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
82006956
Note
  • Core title in Resources for College Libraries.
  • Library{u2019}s copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. Paperbound.
Other physical details
illustrations

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