Testimonios: Early California Through the Eyes of Women, 1815-1848
Heyday Books, 2006 - History - 470 pages
When in the early 1870s historian Hubert Howe Bancroft sent interviewers out to gather oral histories from the pre-statehood gentry of California, he didn't count on one thing: the women. When the men weren't available, the interviewers collected the stories of the women of the-household-sometimes almost as an after-thought. These were eventually archived at the University of California, although many were all but forgotten.
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