Westering Women and the Frontier Experience, 1800-1915 by Sandra L. MyresWestering Women and the Frontier Experience, 1800-1915 by Sandra L. Myres

Westering Women and the Frontier Experience, 1800-1915

bySandra L. MyresEditorWilliam Cronon, Howard R. Lamar

Paperback | October 1, 1982

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Professor Myres gives frontier women a voice they never had. She uses extensive source material by and about women--letters, journals, and reminiscences from over 400 collections--to study the impact of the frontier on women's lives and the role of women in the West. She offers a major reinterpretation of the experience of pioneer women, including that of Indian, Mexican, French, black, and Anglo-American women. The account recreates in detail the frontier experience of all these women, beginning with their physical and intellectual responses to the trek West, and concluding with their struggle for political suffrage and economic opportunity.

Women moved from civilization to the frontier encumbered by more than baggage. They also had to overcome literary and social stereotypes. We learn their views on wilderness, Indians, race, and religion as well as how they reacted to the daily challenges of keeping house, raising a family, and gaining a measure of equality.


"A strikingly original, highly readable, and informative history that will be used by scholars and lay readers alike."--Howard Lamar, from the Foreword

Howard R. Lamar is Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale and a former president of that university.Martin Ridge is a senior research associate in the Henry E. Huntington Library. He has taught at San Diego State University, Indiana University, and the California Institute of Technology. He is the former editor of the Journal o...
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Title:Westering Women and the Frontier Experience, 1800-1915Format:PaperbackDimensions:387 pages, 9.2 × 6 × 0.94 inPublished:October 1, 1982Publisher:University Of New Mexico Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0826306268

ISBN - 13:9780826306265

Appropriate for ages: 15 - 17

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In this book frontier women gain a voice they never had. Professor Myres uses extensive new material by and about women-- letters, journals, and reminiscences from over 400 collections-- to study the impact of the frontier on women's lives and the role of women in the West.

Editorial Reviews

." . . well-researched and well-written . . . Myres's book is now the outstanding book on Western women. Good photographs; excellent footnotes . . . Should be purchased by all libraries collecting books on women or on frontier history."