Cowman's Wifeby Mary Kidder Rak, Sandra L. Myres (Introduction)
In A Cowman's Wife, Rak details the seasonal round of ranch chores; the devastating effects of drought
Women in the American West were not only mothers, teachers, and nurses, but also cowgirls, outlaws, and ranchers. Mary Rak's career as a ranchwoman began in 1919, when she and her husband Charles Lukeman Rak purchased a spread fifty miles north of Douglas, Arizona.
In A Cowman's Wife, Rak details the seasonal round of ranch chores; the devastating effects of drought; the difficulty of finding hired hands; and the exigencies of marketing the cattle, especially during the Depression.
The new introduction to this rangeland classic was written by the late Sandra L. Myres. Her research into the lives and writings of ranchwomen provides an excellent background for understanding Mary Rak and her work.
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