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Hell on Horses and Womenby Alice Marriott
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The world of the West has been from the beginning a man's world, but there are homes and wives and children there, too. And although the time of water hauled in barrels and of homemade candles is long past, the ranch wife of today must be prepared to deal with housekeeping, shopping, and personal problems in wholly original ways as the need arises. For ranches are usually far from town and neighbors are scattered, so that good humor and a good sense of humor, as well as the more conventional virtues of courage and fortitude, must be possessed by the ranch woman.
For more than eighteen months Alice Marriott traveled the cattle country from Wyoming to Floridavisiting, observing, and talking with the women on the ranches and with their men. This book is the story of these women, who share with their men-folks the problems and pleasures of ranch life. It's about the city girl transformed into ranch wife, about the women who were born on ranches, and about their families and the cattle they raise.
She reports on the modern roundups, the cattle sales, the courage of both men and women in the face of a howling blizzard, and the tragedy of a cow with a broken leg. Here they are-the real people of the cattle country and the real things that happen to them in a society in which the man's work is sharply distinguished from the woman's.
And, concludes Miss Marriott, ranch life "can be hard and tough and truly hell for the women who live it, but it can also come about as close to Heaven as any life a woman can live today." This is a book for Western enthusiasts, for women everywhere, and for just good reading.
Book News Annotation:
Reprint of the University of Oklahoma Press edition originally published in 1953. The title derives from the old saying, "This cow business is a damn fine business for men and mules, but it's hell on women and horses." Marriott describes the hell of ranch women in the first half of the 20th century.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Alice Marriott was trained in ethnology in Oklahoma City University and in the University of Oklahoma. She has served as a specialist in the Division of Indian Arts and Crafts for the Department of Interior, as a field research fellow for the Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe, and in the University of Oklahoma. She is now a general field representative for the American Red Cross.
Margot Liberty is the coauthor of Cheyenne Memories, Anthropology on the Great Plains, and working Cowboy: Recollections of Ray Holmes (University of Oklahoma Press). She initiated On the Cowboy Trail, an award ?winning documentary about modern cattle ranching on Tongue River in Montana, which aired in 1981 as part of the Odyssey television series.
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