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Plains woman : the diary of Martha Farnsworth, 1882-1922 /
edited by Marlene Springer and Haskell Springer.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1986.
xxv, 322 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1986.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-09:
Farnsworth's diary joins the small flood of published midwestern and western women's writings that have appeared over the last decade. Far from duplicating these other works, this volume supplements them. In particular, it complements Joanna L. Stratton's Pioneer Women: Voices from The Kansas Frontier (CH, Jun '81), a synthesized version of the 800 Kansas pioneer women's memoirs originally gathered by Stratton's great-grandmother, Lilla Day Monroe. Farnsworth was one of the organizers and workers in the early 20th-century Kansas woman suffrage movement, in which Lilla Day Monroe was a prominent leader. Farnsworth's diary chronicles the daily life of an energetic, intelligent, independent woman from early days on the plains through the successful Topeka-centered campaign on behalf of woman's suffrage. Well edited to avoid tedious repetition, the book engages the reader in the experience of a lower-middle-class woman of the period. It is unusually revealing of Farnsworth's personal feelings about her family and friends, and her attention to politics and public events. Recommended for women's and western history collections at undergraduate level and above.-S.H. Boyd, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass.
Appeared in Library Journal on 1985-10-15:
Among the numerous diaries published recently as scholars probe women's history, Farnsworth's is a real find. It covers a whole life: first, in years (from age 15) and second, because Farns worth records both feelings and events. She writes about family tensions, flirta tions, a miserable marriage to an abu sive alcoholic, work, elections, a sec ond (happier) marriage to a mail carrier, Sunday School teaching, cam paigns for temperance and women's suffrage. She also provides details about houses, appliances, and the meals she cooked, and sometimes looks back to the frontier of her child hood. Farnsworth's narrative sense and lively personality make the diary as interesting to general readers as to his torians. Highly recommended. Sally Mitchell, English Dept., Temple Univ., Philadelphia
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Library Journal, October 1985
Choice, September 1986
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