Pacific Northwest Women, 1815-1925: Lives, Memories, and Writings

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Jean M. Ward, Elaine A. Maveety
Oregon State University Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 349 pages
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This remarkable collection of stories, essays, memoirs, letters, and poems challenges many myths about women who lived and worked -- and wrote -- in the early West.Pacific Northwest Women gives voice and interpretation to the experiences of a diverse group of thirty women, among them African-Americans, American Indians, and a Chinese American, all of whom lived in Oregon and Washington. The authors range from the celebrated -- Narcissa Whitman, Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, Abigail Scott Duniway -- to the forgotten. The editors, in addition to asking how race, class, and gender affected these women's experiences, examine the role of place in their lives.The selections, some of which have never before been presented to contemporary readers, are arranged according to four themes: connecting with nature, coping with circumstances, caregiving to others, and communicating for the self and others. In addition to providing biographical information on each author, the editors also explore the modern-day concept of empowerment in the experiences of these women... (H)istory at its most personal, and utterly fascinating. -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Very informative for anyone wondering what life was like for women in the early days of Northwest settlers. Different essays and poems offer experiences such as life living in Native American areas ... Read full review


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Jean M. Ward earned her Ph.D. at the University of Oregon and is a professor of communication at Lewis & Clark College. Her most recent books, both co-edited with Elaine A. Maveety, are "Yours for Liberty: Selections from Abigail Scott Duniway's Suffrage Newspaper, " and "Pacific Northwest Women, 1815 to 1925: Lives, Memories and Writings." Dr. Bethenia A. Owens-Adair is included in these two collections, and she is also the subject of one of Jean's essays for "American Women Writers "(Vol. 3, Ungar, 1981).

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