Agrarian Women challenges the widely held assumption that frontier farm life in the United States made it easier for women to achieve rough equality with men. Using as her example the family farm in rural Nebraska from the 1880s until the eve of World War II, Deborah Fink contends instead that agrarianism reinforced the belief that a woman's place was in the home, her predestined role that of wife and mother.
Fink looks at the family farm from the perspective of the women who lived and worked there as wives and mothers. Using both women's narratives and quantitative data, she examines the daily lives of women in east-central Nebraska from its settlement in the later 19th century until the eve of World War II. Paper edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)