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Starting with Sacajawea, the Shoshone guide for Lewis and Clark, Women of the West gives a historical overview of various pioneers: Narcissa Whitman, trailblazer to Oregon and missionary to the Indians; Esther Morris and Carrie Chapman Catt, leaders for women’s suffrage; ...
Starting with Sacajawea, the Shoshone guide for Lewis and Clark, Women of the West gives a historical overview of various pioneers: Narcissa Whitman, trailblazer to Oregon and missionary to the Indians; Esther Morris and Carrie Chapman Catt, leaders for women’s suffrage; Susette “Bright Eyes” La Flesche, the first Indian woman to become a political advocate for her race; and Willa Cather, the first writer to transmute the experience of western women into serious literature.
Women of the West is enriched by other portraits: Ann Eliza Young, Brigham Young’s ninth wife, who divorced him and fought against polygamy; Bethenia Owens-Adair and Anna Howard Shaw, pacesetters in medicine and the ministry; Agnes Morley Cleaveland, author of the classic No Life for a Lady (also a Bison Book); Mary “Yellin” Lease, a populist who urged farmers to “raise less corn and more hell”; the black freedom fighter Biddy Mason; and Donaldina Cameron, scourge of the Chinese slave trade.
|Ch. 1||Sacajawea: The Shadows of History||5|
|Ch. 2||Narcissa Whitman: Overland to The Oregon Territory||21|
|Ch. 3||Juliet Brier: Across the Desert in '49||36|
|Ch. 4||Dame Shirley: Chronicler of the Mines||46|
|Ch. 5||Minority Women in the West: Juanita, Biddy Mason, Donaldina Cameron||61|
|Ch. 6||Winning the Vote in the West: Esther Morris and Carrie Chapman Catt||75|
|Ch. 7||Ann Eliza Young: "Wife No. 19"||87|
|Ch. 8||Bright Eyes La Flesche: An Indian Woman Fights for Justice||97|
|Ch. 9||Women on the Cattle Frontier: Agnes Morley Cleveland, Pamela Mann, Ella "Cattle Kate" Watson, Elizabeth Taylor||109|
|Ch. 10||Professional Women in the West: Anna Howard Shaw and Bethenia Owens-Adair||121|
|Ch. 11||Women of the Farm Frontier: Miriam Davis Colt and Mary Elizabeth Lease||135|
|Ch. 12||Willa Cather: Pioneer of Western Literature||147|
|Notes and Bibliography||160|
Posted March 31, 2009
This is a delightful and inspiring book that, when it first came out, challenged the prevailing stereotype of women on the frontier. These women ran cattle ranches. They ran businesses. They flexed their political muscles to gain the right to vote years before women in the East.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.