Midwestern Women

Midwestern Women : Work, Community, and Leadership at the Crossroads

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... an excellent introduction to a complex subject. Anyone interested in the Midwest or in women's history will find it a valuable resource." -Agricultural History... the volume as a whole invigorates the field of midwestern history." -Wisconsin Magazine of History... examines four centuries of Midwestern women's history, including urban and rural, frontier settlers and American Indians, Mexican and European migrants. The book mixes telling anecdotes with scholarly research." -Indianapolis StarWriting about four centuries of midwestern women's history, including urban, rural, and frontier women, Native Americans, African Americans, Mexicanas, as well as European migrants, essayists discuss ways midwestern women's lives resemble those women of other regions and ways in which their lives are distinctive. By addressing a broad range of questions about the lives of midwestern women this volume encourages further research of this neglected but important group. The volume also includes a lengthy bibliography.show more

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 156.5 x 234.2 x 19.6mm | 502.62g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 3 maps, 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253211336
  • 9780253211330

About Lucy Eldersveld Murphy

Lucy Eldersveld Murphy, Assistant Professor of History at DePaul University in Chicago, has published articles on Native American women and women artisans in midwestern history. Wendy Hamand Venet, Assistant Professor of History at Georgia State University, is author of Neither Ballots nor Bullets: Women Abolitionists and the Civil War.show more

Table of contents

Foreword by Glenda RileyIntroduction: The Strange Career of Madame Dubuque and Midwestern Women's History Wendy Hamand Venet and Lucy Eldersveld MurphyI. Four Lives1. Leadership within the Women's Community: Susie Bonga Wright of the Leech Lake Ojibwe Rebecca Kugel2. Journeywoman Milliner: Emily Austin, Migration, and Women's Work in the Nineteenth Century Midwest Lucy Eldersveld Murphy3. Mary McDowell and Municipal Housekeeping: Women's Political Activism in Chicago, 1890 Karen M. Mason4. The Limits of Community: Martha Friesen of Hamilton County, Kansas Pamela Riney-KehrbergII. Community and Leadership5. "For the good of her people": Continuity and Change for Native Women of the Midwest, 1650-18506. "Those with whom I feel most nearly connected": Kinship and Gender in Early Ohio Tamara G. Miller7. The Ethnic Female Public Sphere: German-American Women in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago Christiane Harzig8. Sisterhood and Community: The Sisters of Charity and African-American Women's Health Care in Indianapolis, 1876-1920 Earline Rae FergusonIII. Work9. "The indescribable care devolving upon a housewife": Women's and Men's Perceptions of Pioneer Foodways on the Midwestern Frontier Sarah F. McMahon10. Changing Times: Iowa Farm Women and Cooperative Home Economics Extension in the1920s and 1950s Dorothy Schwieder11. Women, Unions, and Debates over Work during World War II in Indiana Nancy F. Gabin12. "Making Rate": Mexicana Immigrant Workers in an Illinois Electronics Plant Irene Campos CarrBibliographyshow more

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