Female Frontier: A Comparative View of Women on the Prairie and the Plains / Edition 1

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"A major comparative frontier study. . . . Riley provides new information on women's lives in the West."—Sandra L. Myres, author of Westering Women and the Frontier Experience

"This beautifully researched study is part of an important new trend in western historiography. In intriguing and revealing detail, Riley demonstrates that while pioneer men's lives were characterized by variety, women's were marked by sameness and consistency."—Elliott West, author of The Saloon on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier

"A vivid portrait of women's domestic, occupational, and civic activities . . . and a valuable elaboration of important themes."—Gerald W. McFarland, author of A Scattered People: An American Family Moves West

Author Biography: Glenda Riley, professor of history at the University of Northern Iowa, is the author of Frontierswomen: The Iowa Experience, Women and Indians on the Frontier, 1825-1915, and Inventing the American Woman: A Perspective on Women's History, 1607 to the Present.

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Editorial Reviews

Colorado Libraries
A valuable contribution. . . . The notes alone would be worth the price of the book.
Minnesota History
If you want to know about almost any subject concerning frontier women, this book will quickly summarize existing knowledge.
Nebraska History
An important book, well researched and clearly written.
Pacific Historical Review
Anyone interested in women's history and western history will want to read and study this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700604241
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 10/28/1989
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 1,459,514
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
1 The Female Frontier: Definitions, Interpretations, and Images 1
2 A Profile of Frontierswomen on the Prairie and the Plains 14
3 Home and Hearth on the Prairie 42
4 Home and Hearth on the Plains 76
5 Employment and Income Production on the Prairie 102
6 Employment and Income Production on the Plains 121
7 Community Participation on the Prairie 148
8 Community Participation on the Plains 173
9 The Female Frontier on the Prairie and on the Plains 195
Appendixes 203
Notes 211
Note on the Sources 283
Index 285
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