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When Montana And I Were Young

Author : Margaret Bell
ISBN : 0803262140
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Recently discovered after being lost for nearly fifty years, this memoir of a Montana childhood at the turn of the century invites readers into the life of a Western horse ranch.

Eight Women Two Model Ts And The American West

Author : Joanne Wilke
ISBN : 9780803209978
Genre : Travel
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Tells the story of a group of farm girls who met while attending Iowa's Teacher's College and who shared a "yen to see some things." A blend of oral and written history, adventure, memoir, and just plain heartfelt living, this book presents a story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Their Own Frontier

Author : Shirley A. Leckie
ISBN : 0803229585
Genre : Social Science
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Biographers describe the struggles and contributions of female scholars researching Indians of the American West in the early 1900s.

Give Me Eighty Men

Author : Shannon D. Smith
ISBN : 9780803215412
Genre : History
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?With eighty men I could ride through the entire Sioux nation.? The story of what has become popularly known as the Fetterman Fight, near Fort Phil Kearney in present-day Wyoming in 1866, is based entirely on this infamous declaration attributed to Capt. William J. Fetterman. Historical accounts cite this statement in support of the premise that bravado, vainglory, and contempt for the fort?s commander, Col. Henry B. Carrington, compelled Fetterman to disobey direct orders from Carrington and lead his men into a perfectly executed ambush by an alliance of Plains Indians. ø In the aftermath of the incident, Carrington?s superiors?including generals Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman?positioned Carrington as solely accountable for the ?massacre? by suppressing exonerating evidence. In the face of this betrayal, Carrington?s first and second wives came to their husband?s defense by publishing books presenting his version of the deadly encounter. Although several of Fetterman?s soldiers and fellow officers disagreed with the women?s accounts, their chivalrous deference to women?s moral authority during this age of Victorian sensibilities enabled Carrington?s wives to present their story without challenge. Influenced by these early works, historians focused on Fetterman?s arrogance and ineptitude as the sole cause of the tragedy. ø In Give Me Eighty Men, Shannon D. Smith reexamines the works of the two Mrs. Carringtons in the context of contemporary evidence. No longer seen as an arrogant firebrand, Fetterman emerges as an outstanding officer who respected the Plains Indians' superiority in numbers, weaponry, and battle skills. Give Me Eighty Men both challenges standard interpretations of this American myth and shows the powerful influence of female writers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Domesticating The West

Author : Brenda K. Jackson
ISBN : 9780803226029
Genre : Social Science
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In 1881 Thomas and Elizabeth Tannatt said a final good-bye to Massachusetts and the eastern seaboard and set out in search not of land but of opportunities for social and political advancement. Facing severe limitations to their goals in the depressed and disheveled postwar East, the Tannatts went west to Walla Walla, Washington Territory, to pursue their dreams of influence and status. ø Domesticating the West examines the motivations of late-nineteenth-century middle-class migrants who moved west to build communities and establish themselves as leaders. The West offered new opportunities for solidly middle-class eastern families who endured hardship, uncertainty, and displacement during the Civil War, and who struggled to carve out meaningful social space in the war?s aftermath. Brenda K. Jackson places the Tannatts at the center of this movement and demonstrates how gender, class, and place affected the new migrants? abilities to integrate into their new communities. She also shows how easterners redefined themselves as leaders of a new, moral western environment through volunteerism and political participation. While many studies of westward expansion focus exclusively on the earliest pioneers, Jackson adroitly shows how later arrivals shaped the social, economic, and cultural growth of the nation.

Moving Out

Author : Polly Spence
ISBN : 080329297X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Moving Out: A Nebraska Woman's Life is the autobiography of Polly Spence (1914?98) and an intimate portrait of small-town life in the mid?twentieth century. The descendant of Irish settlers, Polly spent her first fifteen years in Franklin, a village with conservative, puritan religious values in south-central Nebraska. Although Polly's relationship with her mother was tense, she loved and admired her newspaperman father, from whom she inherited her love of learning and the English language. In 1927 her family moved to Crawford, a tough but relatively tolerant cow town in northwestern Nebraska. Polly vividly contrasts the cultural differences between Franklin's prudishness and Crawford's more liberal attitudes. Though not raised on a ranch, she came to love helping her husband feed his cattle, deliver calves, and cook for logging crews. She also found innovative ways to attract visitors to the ranch, which she turned into a thriving guest operation. Despite her devastation following several personal hardships, Polly displayed remarkable resilience and determination in her life, and when intractable problems arose in her marriage she exercised the options of a modern woman. In Moving Out she intertwines the events that characterized her time and place?the Great Depression, the intolerance that breathed life into the Ku Klux Klan, and the end of the Old West?with the love, death, and sorrow that touched her family.

The Life Of Elaine Goodale Eastman

Author : Theodore D. Sargent
ISBN : 0803243170
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Raised in a sheltered, puritanical household in New England, Elaine Goodale Eastman (1863?1953) followed her conscience and calling in 1885 when she traveled west and opened a school on the Great Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Over the next six years she witnessed many of the monumental events that affected the Lakotas, including the inception of the Ghost Dance religion and the fallout from the Wounded Knee massacre in December 1890. She also fell in love with and married Charles Eastman, a Dakota doctor with whom she had six children, and went on to help edit his many popular books on Sioux life and culture. ø This biography draws on a newly discovered cache of more than one hundred letters from Elaine that were collected by one of her sisters, Rose Goodale Dayton, as well as newly discovered family correspondence and photographs. Previous books about Elaine?including her own autobiography?emphasize her work on the Sioux reservation and association with her famous husband. Access to her personal papers, however, enabled Theodore D. Sargent to shed new light on the dynamics of her thirty-year marriage to Charles and its ultimate demise, the importance of her own literary contributions during this period, and the challenges and successes of her life following their separation. The result is a long overdue multidimensional portrait of the relationships and aspirations that impelled and troubled this fascinating woman and her extraordinary life.

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