Women and Gender in the American West

Overview

In 1990 the Coalition for Western Women's History inaugurated the Joan Jensen-Darlis Miller Prize to recognize outstanding scholarship on gender and the experiences of women in the North American West. Since then, the Jensen-Miller Prize committees have considered nearly two hundred submissions, and chosen thirteen for the skill and imagination with which the authors conducted research in original materials or reinterpreted a major problem in the field. Each piece was done with ...

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Overview

In 1990 the Coalition for Western Women's History inaugurated the Joan Jensen-Darlis Miller Prize to recognize outstanding scholarship on gender and the experiences of women in the North American West. Since then, the Jensen-Miller Prize committees have considered nearly two hundred submissions, and chosen thirteen for the skill and imagination with which the authors conducted research in original materials or reinterpreted a major problem in the field. Each piece was done with grace and style, and shaped the field for future historians.

Women and Gender in the American West collects these essays for the first time on topics that range from Mormon plural marriages to women's experiences in Spanish Borderland slavery, from interracial marriage to the sexual exploitation of Indian women in British Columbia, from Navajo women weavers in the market economy to women's reform work in gold rush era San Francisco, from settler women in western Canada to Chicana activists in Texas. Beyond their topical interest, the essays also present the evolving analytical force of a field that has deepened and matured over time.

Professors Jensen's and Miller's classic 1980 essay "The Gentle Tamers Revisited" is reprinted here along with a new Preface in which Jensen and Miller reflect on the course of scholarship as reflected in these essays. Women and Gender in the American West is a rare compilation of cutting-edge history.

Royalties from sales of Women and Gender in the American West go to the Jensen-Miller Prize Fund of the Coalition for Western Women's History.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826335999
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2004
  • Pages: 447
  • Sales rank: 1,093,758

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Irwin is an independent scholar and chair of the Coalition for Western Women's History.

James F. Brooks is a member of the research faculty and director of SAR Press at the School of American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The gentle tamers revisited : new approaches to the history of women in the American West 9
'At their peril' : Utah law and the case of plural wives, 1850-1900 37
Race, gender, and intercultural relations : the case of interracial marriage 53
Women of color and the rewriting of Western history : the discourse, politics, and decolonization of history 66
'A memory sweet to soldiers' : the significance of gender in the history of the 'American West' 89
Gender, race, Raza 110
Texas newspapers, and Chicana workers' activism, 1919-1974 134
'This evil extends especially ... to the feminine sex' : negotiating captivity in the New Mexico borderlands 160
'No place for a woman' : engendering Western Canadian settlement 183
Taming aboriginal sexuality : gender, power, and race in British Columbia, 1850-1900 210
'Going about and doing good' : the politics of benevolence, welfare, and gender in San Francisco, 1850-1880 236
'Strong animal passions' in the gilded age : race, sex, and a senator on trial 259
Elle meets the President : weaving Navajo culture and commerce in the Southwestern tourist industry 281
The Eastmans and the Luhans : interracial marriage between White women and Native American men, 1875-1935 301
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