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Let them speak for themselves : women in the American West
Let them speak for themselves women in the American West Author:Christiane Fischer The enduring images of frontier women as dance-hall girls, squaws, or Calamity Janes are part of the claptrap that has grown up about the American West in the popular imagination. The men of the late 1800s who wrote about the West scarcely spoke of women in their accounts. For over a century, the true faces of pioneer women have been obscured ... more »and their collective experience has remained, but for a voice or two, a silent history.
In this book Christiane Fischer sets the record straight by letting us see what the young West - particularly the territories that are now California, Nevada, and Arizona - looked like to the perceptive eyes of twenty-five women. Taken from diaries, letters, reminiscences, and journals, the testimonies in this book give the uncensored reactions of women to the life in mining camps and cities, on ranches and farms, and in army posts.« less