Relations of Rescue: The Search for Female Moral Authority in the American West, 1874-1939

Paperback | July 1, 1995

byPeggy Pascoe

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In this study of late nineteenth-century moral reform, Peggy Pascoe examines four specific cases--a home for Chinese prostitutes in San Francisco, California; a home for polygamous Mormon women in Salt Lake City, Utah; a home for unmarried mothers in Denver, Colorado; and a program forAmerican Indians on the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska--to tell the story of the women who established missionary rescue homes for women in the American West. Focusing on two sets of relationships--those between women reformers and their male opponents, and those between women reformers and thevarious groups of women they sought to shelter--Pascoe traces the gender relations that framed the reformers' search for female moral authority, analyzes the interaction between women reformers and the women who entered the rescue homes, and raises provocative questions about historians'understanding of the dynamics of social feminism, social control, and intercultural relations.

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In this study of late nineteenth-century moral reform, Peggy Pascoe examines four specific cases--a home for Chinese prostitutes in San Francisco, California; a home for polygamous Mormon women in Salt Lake City, Utah; a home for unmarried mothers in Denver, Colorado; and a program forAmerican Indians on the Omaha Reservation in Nebras...

Peggy Pascoe is at University of Utah.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 0.87 inPublished:July 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"An original and important work....Provides a masterful analysis of feminist ideology, intercultural relations among women, and the dynamics of social control."--Annals of Iowa