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Book Title: Western Women: Their Land, Their Lives|
Date of issue: August 1st 1988
ISBN 13: 9780826310903
The author of the book: Lillian Schlissel
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 36.27 MB
Edition: University of New Mexico Press
Read full description of the books Western Women: Their Land, Their Lives:In recent years the study of western history has been transformed by scholarship on the actual experiences of the women who settled the West. The essays gathered here, first presented at a 1984 conference sponsored by the Southwest Institute for Research on Women, analyze and interpret this new body of research. Each essay is accompanied by several commentaries that reveal the complex multicultural character of the West through the experiences of American Indian, Mexican-American, and Anglo-American (including Mormon) women. The discussion of domestic ideology examines what values Anglo women carried west and how their values influenced their perception of women of other races, cultures, and religions. An exploration of the religious experiences of indigenous women leads to a consideration of cross-cultural marriage as a catalyst of social and cultural change. A study of the Anglo family raises questions about its stability and the western values of individualism and self-determination. Essays on women's attitudes toward landscape, the place of Mexican-American women in the workforce, the legal rights of Indian women, the experiences of women on other frontiers, and on the public interpretation of women's history point toward exciting scholarly work that lies ahead.
Read information about the authorLillian Schlissel is professor emerita of Brooklyn College-CUNY, where she was director of American studies. Her books include Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey; Far From Home: Families of the Westward Journey, written with Byrd Gibbens and Elizabeth Hampsten, Western Women, Their Land, Their Lives; and Western Women’s Reader (with Catherine Lavender). Schlissel is a member of the editorial board of Studies in American Jewish Literature and is working on a history of five women of American vaudeville.
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