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Women of the West

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The independent-minded western woman was often eclipsed in popular literature by sensations like Calamity Jane and Belle Starr. Dorothy Gray looks at the actual lives of women who made their own way out west.

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 womens 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 Youngs 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.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [159]-170) and index.

About the Author

Dorothy Gray is the author, with Phyllis Butler, of Everywomans Guide to Political Awareness. Introducer Paula Mitchell Marks, the author of Precious Dust: The Saga of the Western Gold Rushes (also a Bison Book), teaches history at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803270732
Introduction:
Marks, Paula Mitchell
Author:
Marks, Paula Mitchell
Author:
Gray, Dorothy
Publisher:
Bison Books
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Women -- West (U.S.) -- Biography.
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19980931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus.
Pages:
179
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.65 lb

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