The Western Women's Reader

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9780060953379: The Western Women's Reader

Explore 300 years of the American West with the women who have shaped its history

This compelling anthology, edited by noted scholars Lillian Schlissel and Catherine Lavender, offers a broad range of writing, photography, and art from women of the American West. Selections of fiction, memoir, history, testimony, and poetry bring alive the rich and diverse traditions of life in the West, as seen through the eyes of the women who share a passion for this rugged region.

With writings from the Great Plains, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, the Rocky Mountains, the American Southwest, and the Fast West.

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Catherine Lavender received her doctorate in Western and Women's History in 1997 from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a dissertation about feminist anthropologists in the early twentieth-century American Southwest. Born in Ukiah, California, shew grew up near Denver, Colorado, and is the descendant of a long line of western women who settled in both the U. S. and Canada, including overlanders, miner's widows, railroad station "masters," midwives, suffragists, ranchers, and businesswomen. She is the author of  Scientists and Storytellers: Feminist Anthropologists and the Construction of the American Southwest (University of New Mexico Press, 2006), and is currently the Director of the American Studies Program and an Associate Professor of History at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York. Lillian Schlissel received her Ph.D. in American Civilization from Yale University in 1957. She has taught at Brooklyn College, where she was the director of the American Studies Program from 1974 to 1998. She is presently Professor Emerita of English and American Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY She has been visiting professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico and the University of Santa Clara, California. She is the author of Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey (1982), coeditor of Far from Home, Families of the Westward Journey (1989), author of (for younger readers) Black Frontiers (1994), and editor of (for younger readers) The Diary of Amelia Stewart Knight (1992). She has also edited Three Plays by Mae West (1997), Washington Irving's Journals (vol. 2, 1981), Conscience in America (1970), and The World of Randolph Bourne (1965).

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