Pacific Northwest Women


Pacific Northwest Women, 1815-1925 : Lives, Memories, and Writings edited by Jean M. Ward and Elaine A. Maveety

This remarkable collection of stories, essays, memoirs, letters, and poems challenges many myths about women who lived and worked -- and wrote -- in the early West.

Includes a chapter on Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honoree Narcissa Whitman.

Pacific Northwest Women gives voice and interpretation to the experiences of a diverse group of thirty women, among them African-Americans, American Indians, and a Chinese American, all of whom lived in Oregon and Washington. The authors range from the celebrated -- Narcissa Whitman, Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, Abigail Scott Duniway -- to the forgotten. The editors, in addition to asking how race, class, and gender affected these women's experiences, examine the role of place in their lives.The selections, some of which have never before been presented to contemporary readers, are arranged according to four themes: connecting with nature, coping with circumstances, caregiving to others, and communicating for the self and others. In addition to providing biographical information on each author, the editors also explore the modern-day concept of empowerment in the experiences of these women... (H)istory at its most personal, and utterly fascinating. -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer 

  • Published by University of Oregon Press, 1995
  • 349 pages with illustrations

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