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SO MUCH TO BE DONE: Women Settlers on the Mining and Ranching Frontier

Moynihan, Ruth B. and Armitage, Susan and Dichamp, Christiane Fischer

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ISBN 10: 080328165X / ISBN 13: 9780803281653
Published by University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 1990
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xxii, 325 pp, purple-grey SC wraps w/purple spine w/wht lettering w/pictorial front panel. Book containing nineteen narratives by women of diverse environment,status, and background, revealing their involvement in every aspect of the frontier settlement process. It is about women settlers on the mining and ranching frontier. prev owner wrote on the half title page. Size: 8vo - over 8" - 9" Tall Octavo. Bookseller Inventory # 032991

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Title: SO MUCH TO BE DONE: Women Settlers on the ...

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Soft Cover

Illustrator: Photos

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 2nd Printing.

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The genuine creative achievements of nineteenth-century western women have often been obscured by sentimental tributes to their devotion and diligence, while men are praised as pathfinders, entrepreneurs, and community builders. But the nineteen narratives in So Much to Be Done by women of diverse status and background reveal women's involvement in every aspect of settlement. Their part in making hard decisions, producing essential income, and developing new communities was as important as their flexibility, humor, and sense of adventure. This collection describes the experiences of pioneer women responding in individual ways to the challenge of frontier hardships.

The letters, diaries, and memoirs presented here offer glimpses of women's courage, physical strength, and independence that were the equal of any man's, even as they also reveal the failures, weaknesses, and tragedies that beset both sexes during the complex settlement process. Women describe their multiple daily tasks, the ingenuity by which they asserted themselves or circumvented patriarchal authority, the networks of relatives and friends who made the survival of both men and women possible. Such information is seldom found in men's narratives. Women's words provide rich veins of new material for social historians.

About the Author:

Ruth B. Moynihan, a member of the Connecticut Center for Independent Historians who also teaches at the University of Connecticut, is the author of Rebel for Rights: Abigail Scott Duniway (1983) and other works. Susan Armitage, director of the American Studies Program and a professor of history at Washington State University, is coeditor, with Elizabeth Jameson, of The Women's West (1987) and the author of other publications. Christiane Fischer Dichamp, formerly a professor of American Studies at the University of Nancy, edited Let Them Speak for Themselves: Women in the American West, 1849–1900 (1977).

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