Dear Editor and Friends: Letters from Rural Women of the North-West, 1900-1920

Dear Editor and Friends: Letters from Rural Women of the North-West, 1900-1920

by Norah L. Lewis
     
 

How did women in the early twentieth century, newly arrived in North-West Canada, cope with their strange new lives so very different from the lives they used to lead? How did they see themselves and their role in frontier life?

In the early twentieth century, drawn west by the promise of free land, economic success or religious and political freedom, women moved

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How did women in the early twentieth century, newly arrived in North-West Canada, cope with their strange new lives so very different from the lives they used to lead? How did they see themselves and their role in frontier life?

In the early twentieth century, drawn west by the promise of free land, economic success or religious and political freedom, women moved from eastern Canada and overseas to farms and ranches in North-West Canada. They discovered that it was not the utopia touted by government propaganda or land agents. They also discovered that there was a select but diverse group of rural women who shared their common experiences of isolation, of hard work and duty, of poverty and neglect. But, more importantly, they shared knowledge of independence and self-reliance and of pride in what they had accomplished.

Through letters written to the women s pages in agricultural newspapers, they forged a vital network that supported, encouraged and educated women in ways to improve their rural lives. Their letters show how these rural women made significant and vital contributions to the settlement and development of the Canadian North-West. "

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Booknews
This book chronicles the homesteading of Canada's North-West through the words of pioneer women. The letters published in the book originally appeared in the women's pages of the area's agricultural newspapers, such as the , the , and the . Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780889202870
Publisher:
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Series:
Life Writing Series, #4
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.37(d)

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