Synopses & Reviews
From the California gold rush through the mid-twentieth century, a special breed of women played an integral and heretofore unrecognized part in some of the most stirring adventures of the pioneer experience: the saintly Nellie Cashman; the copper queen Ferminia Sarras, known for her grand sprees; the former rodeo champion turned prospector; the ex-actress who snowshoed her way to Nome; and many more. Chosen as one of the top ten books of all time by the Mining History Association, A Mine of Her Own tells the definitive story of America's women prospectors for the first time.
"The female figures presented here represent far more than a mere reversal of stereotypes. Perhaps because of the immense cultural chasm they crossed, these individuals were not simply women with a touch of 'gold fever,' but unique and even enigmatic characters. . . . An entrancing read."—Bloomsbury Review Bloomsbury Review
"A Mine of Her Own proves we can still be surprised at the things women have done. . . . Delightfully unexpected is the evidence of the charisma these enterprising women manifested, their frequent romantic liaisons and their propensity as they aged to choose young, strong husbands."—San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle
Includes bibliographical references (p. 353-364) and index.
About the Author
Sally Zanjani is on the faculty of the political science department at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her latest book, Sarah Winnemucca
, will be published in spring 2001 by the University of Nebraska Press.