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The Resource Women in waiting in the westward movement : life on the home frontier, by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith ; foreword by John Mack Faragher

Women in waiting in the westward movement : life on the home frontier, by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith ; foreword by John Mack Faragher

Label
Women in waiting in the westward movement : life on the home frontier
Title
Women in waiting in the westward movement
Title remainder
life on the home frontier
Statement of responsibility
by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith ; foreword by John Mack Faragher
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
During the last half of the nineteenth century, thousands of men went west in search of gold, land, or adventure - leaving their wives to handle family, farm, and business affairs on their own. The experiences of these westering men have long been a part of the lore of the American frontier, but the stories of their wives have rarely been told. Ten years of research into public and private documents - including letters of couples separated during the westward movement - has enabled Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith to tell the forgotten stories of "women in waiting." Though these wives were left more or less in limbo by the departure of their adventuring husbands, they were hardly women in waiting in any other sense. Children had to be fed, clothed, housed, and educated; farms and businesses had to be managed; creditors had to be paid or pacified - and, in some cases, hard-earned butter-and-egg money had to be sent west in response to letters from broke and disillusioned husbands. This raises some unsettling questions: How does the idea of an "allowance" from home square with our long-standing image of the frontiersman as rugged individualist? To what extent was the westward movement supported by the paid and unpaid labor of women back east? And how do we measure the heroics of husbands out west against the heroics of wives back home? Based on the experiences of more than fifty women - from Abiah Hiller, whose business sense equaled or excelled her husband's, to Emma Christie, who knew virtually nothing about the matters she was called upon to manage - Women in Waiting in the Westward Movement offers a rare glimpse into life on the home frontier and provides new insights into fairly common, though poorly documented, aspect of the history of the settling of the American West
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Peavy, Linda S
Dewey number
973.8/082
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
F596
LC item number
.P43 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1934-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Smith, Ursula
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pioneers' spouses
  • Women
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • West (U.S.)
  • United States
  • West (U.S.)
  • United States
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Pioneers' spouses
  • Territorial expansion
  • Women
  • United States
  • United States, West
  • Women pioneers
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Women
  • Women
  • United States, West
  • United States, West
  • United States
  • Gehuwde vrouwen
  • Kolonisten
  • Frontier
  • Familienleben
  • Frau
  • Siedlung
  • USA
  • Frau
Label
Women in waiting in the westward movement : life on the home frontier, by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith ; foreword by John Mack Faragher
Link
http://www.h-net.org/review/hrev-a0a1n5-aa
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-363) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Families in flux -- Abiah Warren Hiller -- Almira Fay Stearns -- Sarah Burgert Yesler -- Harriet Burr Godfrey -- Emma Stratton Christie -- Augusta Perham Shipman
Control code
ocm29259366
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 381 pages
Isbn
9780806126166
Lccn
93038832
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o29259366
  • (OCoLC)29259366
Label
Women in waiting in the westward movement : life on the home frontier, by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith ; foreword by John Mack Faragher
Link
http://www.h-net.org/review/hrev-a0a1n5-aa
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-363) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Families in flux -- Abiah Warren Hiller -- Almira Fay Stearns -- Sarah Burgert Yesler -- Harriet Burr Godfrey -- Emma Stratton Christie -- Augusta Perham Shipman
Control code
ocm29259366
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 381 pages
Isbn
9780806126166
Lccn
93038832
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o29259366
  • (OCoLC)29259366

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