Encyclopedia of Women in the American West

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Overview

Unites the American West and Women's History American women have followed their "manifest destiny" since the 1800's, moving West to homestead, found businesses, author novels and write poetry, practice medicine and law, preach and perform missionary work, become educators, artists, judges, civil rights activists, and many other important roles spurred on by their strength, spirit, and determination. Encyclopedia of Women of the American West captures the lives of more than 150 women who made their mark from the mid-1800s to the present, contextualizing their experiences and contributions to American society. Including many women profiled for the first time, the encyclopedia offers immense value and interest to practicing historians as well as students and the lay public. Multidisciplinary and Multicultural Cowgirls, ranchers, authors, poets, artists, judges, doctors, educators, and reformers—although these women took many different paths, they are united in their role in history, fighting not only for women's rights, but equal rights for all in this rich and promised land. The Encyclopedia of Women in the American West chronicles the work of Native American activists such as Mildred Imach Cleghorn, and Sarah Winnemucca, the champion of rights of indigenous peoples who established Nevada's first school for Native Americans in 1884. The encyclopedia also explores the stories of early ranchers. Among them is Freda Ehmann, who founded the California Ripe Olive Association where, according to her grandson, "science and chemical exactness failed, the experience and care of a skillful and conscientious housewife succeeded." Women in the American West have long thrived in the arts. This is evidenced by the work of authors such as Pulitzer Prize winner Willa Cather, Amy Tan, and Linda Hasselstrom, poets such as Hildegarde Flanner, and journalist Molly Ivins. All are profiled in this comprehensive work. The arts are used to address bo

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Editorial Reviews

Lawrence Looks at Books
"Few worlds are as male-dominated as the popularly imagined stereotype of the American West. Bakken, Farrington and a team of 58 academic contributors provide a fine corrective to the traditional rough-and-tumble view. . . . Although most of the entries are biographical, several extended essays examine regional experiences and such topics as the Air Force Academy and women, the conservation movement, jail matrons, Native-American protests, philanthropy and women in mining. Suggested readings are aimed at students, but this volume should earn a place on the shelf in high school, public and academic libraries. "— John R.M. Lawrence, Reference Librarian
The Midwest Book Review
“A highly educational and enlightening resource, the Encyclopedia of Women in the American West is a core recommendation for academic and public library American Western History Studies and Women’s Studies reference collections, as well as an invaluable resource for writers and non-specialist general readers with an interest in studying women’s experiences and contributions to American society and culture.”
Booklist
"This is a sound purchase for college and university libraries with women's studies or American West programs as well as for large public libraries."
Lawrence Looks at Books - John R.M. Lawrence
"Few worlds are as male-dominated as the popularly imagined stereotype of the American West. Bakken, Farrington and a team of 58 academic contributors provide a fine corrective to the traditional rough-and-tumble view. . . . Although most of the entries are biographical, several extended essays examine regional experiences and such topics as the Air Force Academy and women, the conservation movement, jail matrons, Native-American protests, philanthropy and women in mining. Suggested readings are aimed at students, but this volume should earn a place on the shelf in high school, public and academic libraries."
Midwest Book Review
A highly educational and enlightening resource, the Encyclopedia of Women in the American West is a core recommendation for academic and public library American Western History Studies and Women's Studies reference collections, as well as an invaluable resource for writers and non-specialist general readers with an interest in studying women's experiences and contributions to American society and culture.
Library Journal
Recent trends in historiography of the American West show increasing interest in the contribution of women of all races to this significant region's historic development. Bakken (history, California State Univ., Fullerton) and Farrington (history, Long Beach City Coll.), authors and coeditors of other works dealing with women and/or the western region, including The Gendered West, offer the first encyclopedia to focus on this neglected group. Written in the same style as a Handbook of American Women's History, this work contains over 100 entries written by nearly 40 subject specialists, with overviews of subjects from clubwomen and African American physicians to women in penitentiaries and prostitution and biographical entries on well- and lesser-known women. Entries range from several hundred to several thousand words and include bibliographies. End materials include a chronology of American women, a list of women's organizations, a useful essay on researching women's history in the digital age, as well as a general bibliography and index. There is a clear need for this encyclopedia, as few of the topics covered are duplicated in that or more general works on the West such as Encyclopedia of the American West, edited by Charles Phillips and Alan Axelrod. Recommended for academic and public libraries and all libraries with a special interest in the western region and women's studies.-Theresa McDevitt, Stapleton Lib., Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761923565
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/25/2003
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,336,056
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Morris Bakken is Professor of History at California State University, Fullerton. He has written several book and articles including The American West, co-authored by Brenda Farrington.

Brenda Farrington is an adjunct faculty member of Long Beach City College who has taught for five years in our history program. She has recently co-authored a book with Gordon Bakken from Cal State Fullerton "Learning California History," subtitled "Learning Skills for the Survey Course and Beyond."

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Table of Contents

List of Entries
Reader's Guide
List of Contributors
Preface - Danielle Moon
Introduction
A-Z Entries
Appendix: The Chronology of America and its Women
Appendix: Women's Organizations
Appendix: Researching Women's History
Index
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