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Eight Women Two Model Ts And The American West

Author: Joanne Wilke
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803209975
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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.

Give Me Eighty Men

Author: Shannon D. Smith
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 080321541X
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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.

The World Of The American West

Author: Gordon Morris Bakken
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136931600
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The World of the American West is an innovative collection of original essays that brings the world of the American West to life, and conveys the distinctiveness of this diverse, constantly changing region. Twenty scholars incorporate the freshest research in the field to take the history of the American West out of its timeworn "Cowboys and Indians" stereotype right up into the major issues being discussed today, from water rights to the presence of the defense industry. Other topics covered in this heavily illustrated, highly accessible volume include the effects of leisure and tourism, western women, politics and politicians, Native Americans in the twentieth century, and of course, oil. With insight both informative and unexpected, The World of the American West offers perspectives on the latest developments affecting the modern American West, providing essential reading for all scholars and students of the field so that they may better understand the vibrant history of this globally significant, ever-evolving region of North America.

Imagining The African American West

Author: Blake Allmendinger
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803210671
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The literature of the African American West is the last racial discourse of the region that remains unexplored. Blake Allmendinger addresses this void in literary and cultural studies with Imagining the African American West?the first comprehensive study of African American literature on the early frontier and in the modern urban American West. ø Allmendinger charts the terrain of African American literature in the West through his exploration of novels, histories, autobiographies, science fiction, mysteries, formula westerns, melodramas, experimental theater, and political essays, as well as rap music and film. He examines the histories of James P. Beckwourth and Oscar Micheaux; slavery, the Civil War, and the significance of the American frontier to blacks; and the Harlem Renaissance, the literature of urban unrest, rap music, black noir, and African American writers, including Toni Morrison and Walter Mosley. His study utilizes not only the works of well-known African American writers but also some obscure and neglected works, out-of-print books, and unpublished manuscripts in library archives. ø Much of the scholarly neglect of the ?Black West? can be blamed on how the American West has been imagined, constructed, and framed in scholarship to date. In his study, Allmendinger provides the appropriate theoretical, cultural, and historical contexts for understanding the literature and suggests new directions for the future of black western literature.

Westering Women And The Frontier Experience 1800 1915

Author: Sandra L. Myres
Publisher: UNM Press
ISBN: 9780826306265
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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

Sundance Butch And Me Real Women Of The American West Book 2

Author: Judy Alter
Publisher: ePublishing Works!
ISBN: 1614172269
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Her name is Martha Baird. Most know her as Etta Place, the fearless woman who rides with notorious outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Told in Etta's voice, "Sundance, Butch and Me" is history transformed. From daring train robberies and hair-raising escapes from the law, to her attraction to Sundance and love for Butch, experience the drama, passion, and adventure of the American West’s most legendary woman. REVIEWS "...a realistic portrayal of historic events that touches the imagination and stirs the spirit." ~The Literary Times "...meticulously researched... a skillful first-person narrative." ~Publishers Weekly REAL WOMEN OF THE AMERICAN WEST, in series order Libbie Sundance, Butch and Me Cherokee Rose

Women Leaders Of Europe And The Western Hemisphere

Author: Guida M. Jackson
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469113546
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Women Leaders of Europe and the Western Hemisphere offers short biographical entries on women, both famous and obscure, holding the reins of power from ancient times up to the present day on three continents. In addition to these alphabetically and regionally arranged entries, two essays present often astonishing anecdotes concerning many of these forgotten women, bringing them to life and imbuing their stories with all the flamboyance and drama of an epic movie. Its companion book covers women leaders from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific.

The World S Women 2000

Author: United Nations
Publisher: United Nations Publications
ISBN: 9789211614282
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New and updated statistics on population, the family, health, education and communication, work, and politics and human rights in relation to women.