Emily: The Diary of a Hard-Worked Woman

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"Oh how I do wish I could have a little help in maintaining my home. I shall dread the cold winter so much. I don't have very good success getting employment," wrote Emily French in her diary in 1890. Emily was recently divorced but received no alimony or child support. She worked as a laundress, cleaning woman, and nurse, first in the farming community of Elbert, Colorado, then in the growing city of Denver, the mining town of Dake, and back into Denver.

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Overview


"Oh how I do wish I could have a little help in maintaining my home. I shall dread the cold winter so much. I don't have very good success getting employment," wrote Emily French in her diary in 1890. Emily was recently divorced but received no alimony or child support. She worked as a laundress, cleaning woman, and nurse, first in the farming community of Elbert, Colorado, then in the growing city of Denver, the mining town of Dake, and back into Denver.

Emily's diary discloses an example of the desperate lives lived by many. Having enough money and food is a source of constant anxiety, but her deepest fears center on the loss of family and of home. She becomes discouraged but never gives up, recognizes others less fortunate than herself, and always believes things will change. This is a moving work that provides an unusual look into the life of the working poor in the late-nineteenth-century West.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803268616
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: Women in the West Series
  • Pages: 166
  • Sales rank: 1,436,225
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author


Janet Lecompte, who lives in Colorado Springs, is the author of Pueblo, Hardscrabble, Greenhorn: The Upper Arkansas, 1832-1856 (1978), Rebellion in Rio Arriba, 1837 (1985), and many articles about the Old West.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2000

    An Outstanding Lady

    Janet did an outstanding job putting this book together.I thorougly enjoyed reading it although It's with a little prejudice,you see Emily French was my Great Great Grandmother.

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