Writing the Range: Race, Class, and Culture in the Women's West

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Elizabeth Jameson, Susan Hodge Armitage
University of Oklahoma Press, 1997 - Social Science - 656 pages

A major goal of the New Western History is to chronicle the vast diversity of western experience. In this pathbreaking anthology, coeditors Elizabeth Jameson and Susan Armitage-who brought us "The Women’s West in 1987"-meet that challenge by bringing together twenty-nine essays that present women of all races as actors in their own lives and in the history of the American West and locate them in a framework that connects gender, race, and class.

In mythic sagas of the American West, the wide western range offered boundless opportunity to a limited cast of white men. Buffalo roamed, deer and antelope played, and women’s voices were never heard. Writing the Range allows us to hear many long-silenced women: Spanish-Mexican settlers and American Indians on New Spain’s northern frontiers; Chinese, Basque, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Slavic, and Irish immigrants; film stars Dolores del Rio and Lupe Velez; Navajos and African Americans who moved to western cities during World War II; and the activist Mothers of East Los Angeles, who organized to resist environmental dangers to their community.

A valuable introduction to the rapidly changing field of western history, Writing the Range explains clearly how race, class, and culture are constructed and connected. The first section examines issues raised by more than a decade of multicultural western women’s histories; following are six chronological sections spanning four centures. Each section offers a short introduction connecting is essays and placing them in analytic and historical perspective. Clearly written and accessible, Writing the Range makes a major contribution in ethnic history, women’s history, and interpretations of the American West.

 

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Contents

Perspectives
17
Changing Statuses
42
PHOTOGRAPHS
44
Frontiers
81
Sex and Gender on Three Frontiers
122
Reconstructed girls dormitory
129
Resisting Conquest
143
Saturnina Baca Josefa Baca Corbet Carlota Baca and Sam Corbet
152
American Indian Women
393
A Pioneer Korean Woman in America
410
Mary Kuang Sun Paik Lee
430
Feminism
435
Alice Dickerson Montemayor
442
Cultures and Identities
457
Mary Oyama 1928
464
Toyo Suyemoto
472

of Xwelas a SKlallam Woman
172
Mexican Womens Personal Narratives
188
Employees and students at the Round Valley Reservation school
203
Two Native American girls and a school employee
211
Gender and the Citizen Indian
221
The Indians of Bahapki
230
Annie E K Bid well
234
Newcomers
253
The mother of Sui Sin Far
270
Basque Women as Hard Workers
298
Gender Class Religious
311
Ellen Mulkerin and Tim Tracy
312
Women Gender and CrossDressing
334
Babe Bean
342
Seeking Empowerment
349
A mother baby and nurse at Newark Hospital
357
African American Womens Clubs
372
Dolores Del Rio
479
A History of a Japanese Pioneer Woman
493
Urban Frontiers
513
Opening night at Minnie Lues
526
Navajo Womens Networks
533
Women working at Navajo Army Depot
535
Mothers of East Los Angeles on the march
556
Southeast Asian Refugee Women War and Resettlement
569
African American Seminole Women
585
Carver Elementary School circa 1920s
592
Selected Bibliographies
601
Asian American Women
608
Native American Women
616
List of Contributors
631
Index
637
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Elizabeth Jameson is Professor Emerita of History at the University of Calgary and coeditor of Writing the Range: Race, Class, and Culture in the Women's West and The Women's West.

Susan Armitage is Professor of History and Women Studies at Washington State University and Editor of Frontiers: A Journal of Women?s Studies . Armitage is a cofounder of the Coalition for Western Women?s History and coeditor of The Women?s West .

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