So much to be done : women settlers on the mining and ranching frontier /

The genuine creative achievements of nineteenth-century Western women have often been obscured by sentimental tributes to their devotion and diligence, while men are praised as pathfinders, entrepreneurs, and community builders. But these nineteen narratives, by women of diverse status and backgroun...

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Other Authors: Moynihan, Ruth Barnes.
Armitage, Susan H. 1937-

Dichamp, Christiane Fischer, 1947-
Format: Book
Published:Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©1990.
Series:Women in the West.
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Thanks to the detective work of many historians, including the three editors of this collection, scholars now realize how essential women and families were and how diverse were their experiences and reactions in the opening and settling of the American West. This carefully chosen collection graphically illustrates the active roles of women. The three sections--California and Nevada, 1849-80; High Plains and Rocky Mountains, 1870-90; Southwestern Desert, 1863-1900--highlight the differences within each subregion and over time. The editors provide a general introduction--one for each section and one for each letter/diary entry. Such a balanced collection offers rich primary source materials to students of the American West and women's history. Common themes emerge, but individuality is also preserved. An important addition to the literature. D. Campbell United States Military Academy

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