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Encyclopedia of women in the American West [electronic resource] /
edited by Gordon Morris Bakken and Brenda Farrington.
imprint
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage, c2003.
description
xxiii, 381 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
ISBN
076192356X (cloth : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage, c2003.
isbn
076192356X (cloth : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8427922
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 341-362) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-01-01:
Editors Bakken (California State Univ., Fullerton) and Farrington (Fullerton College) define the West as west of the 100th meridian, where early settlers and modern environmentalists confront aridity. The encyclopedia covers historical and contemporary women, adding topical articles on such subjects as the club women's movement, education, prostitution, emigrants, homesteaders, rodeo, and literary women. Appendixes provide a chronology of the US and its women, a list of women's organizations, and sections on strategies for research, additional readings, resources, and references. Eclectic and selective entries result in uneven coverage; for example, lengthy articles on Kansas and Oklahoma are not balanced by articles on other western states. The book includes extensive biographies of contemporary California judges, but notably omits Pacific Northwest pioneer missionary Narcissa Whitman and the significant contribution of photographer Dorothea Lange in capturing westward movement during the Depression. The index shows no entries for women's role in environmentalism or water issues, despite introductory references to aridity in the West. Occasional misinformation and an emphasis on California further mar the quality and nature of entries. Literary figures are covered more thoroughly elsewhere. Only for comprehensive women's collections. ^BSumming Up: Optional. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. N. Knipe emerita, Colorado College
Appeared in Library Journal on 2003-10-15:
Recent trends in historiography of the American West show increasing interest in the contribution of women of all races to this significant region's historic development. Bakken (history, California State Univ., Fullerton) and Farrington (history, Long Beach City Coll.), authors and coeditors of other works dealing with women and/or the western region, including The Gendered West, offer the first encyclopedia to focus on this neglected group. Written in the same style as a Handbook of American Women's History, this work contains over 100 entries written by nearly 40 subject specialists, with overviews of subjects from clubwomen and African American physicians to women in penitentiaries and prostitution and biographical entries on well- and lesser-known women. Entries range from several hundred to several thousand words and include bibliographies. End materials include a chronology of American women, a list of women's organizations, a useful essay on researching women's history in the digital age, as well as a general bibliography and index. There is a clear need for this encyclopedia, as few of the topics covered are duplicated in that or more general works on the West such as Encyclopedia of the American West, edited by Charles Phillips and Alan Axelrod. Recommended for academic and public libraries and all libraries with a special interest in the western region and women's studies.-Theresa McDevitt, Stapleton Lib., Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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'œA highly educational and enlightening resource, the Encyclopedia of Women in the American West is a core recommendation for academic and public library American Western History Studies and Women's Studies reference collections, as well as an invaluable resource for writers and non-specialist general readers with an interest in studying women's experiences and contributions to American society and culture.'
"A highly educational and enlightening resource, the Encyclopedia of Women in the American West is a core recommendation for academic and public library American Western History Studies and Women's Studies reference collections, as well as an invaluable resource for writers and non-specialist general readers with an interest in studying women's experiences and contributions to American society and culture."
A highly educational and enlightening resource, the Encyclopedia of Women in the American West is a core recommendation for academic and public library American Western History Studies and Women’s Studies reference collections, as well as an invaluable resource for writers and non-specialist general readers with an interest in studying women’s experiences and contributions to American society and culture.”
A highly educational and enlightening resource, the Encyclopedia of Women in the American West is a core recommendation for academic and public library American Western History Studies and Women's Studies reference collections, as well as an invaluable resource for writers and non-specialist general readers with an interest in studying women's experiences and contributions to American society and culture.
"Few worlds are as male-dominated as the popularly imagined stereotype of the American West. Bakken, Farrington and a team of 58 academic contributors provide a fine corrective to the traditional rough-and-tumble view. . . . Although most of the entries are biographical, several extended essays examine regional experiences and such topics as the Air Force Academy and women, the conservation movement, jail matrons, Native-American protests, philanthropy and women in mining. Suggested readings are aimed at students, but this volume should earn a place on the shelf in high school, public and academic libraries."
'oeA highly educational and enlightening resource, the Encyclopedia of Women in the American West is a core recommendation for academic and public library American Western History Studies and Women's Studies reference collections, as well as an invaluable resource for writers and non-specialist general readers with an interest in studying women's experiences and contributions to American society and culture.'
'oeThis is the first encyclopedia to focus on this neglected group. . . . There is a clear need for this encyclopedia . . . recommended for academic and public libraries and all libraries with a special interest in the western region and women's studies.'
'¬SA highly educational and enlightening resource, the Encyclopedia of Women in the American West is a core recommendation for academic and public library American Western History Studies and Women's Studies reference collections, as well as an invaluable resource for writers and non-specialist general readers with an interest in studying women's experiences and contributions to American society and culture.'¬¥
SA highly educational and enlightening resource, the Encyclopedia of Women in the American West is a core recommendation for academic and public library American Western History Studies and Women "s Studies reference collections, as well as an invaluable resource for writers and non-specialist general readers with an interest in studying women "s experiences and contributions to American society and culture.
'¬SThis is the first encyclopedia to focus on this neglected group. . . . There is a clear need for this encyclopedia . . . recommended for academic and public libraries and all libraries with a special interest in the western region and women's studies.'¬¥
SThis is the first encyclopedia to focus on this neglected group. . . . There is a clear need for this encyclopedia . . . recommended for academic and public libraries and all libraries with a special interest in the western region and women "s studies.
"This is a sound purchase for college and university libraries with women's studies or American West programs as well as for large public libraries."
'œThis is the first encyclopedia to focus on this neglected group. . . . There is a clear need for this encyclopedia . . . recommended for academic and public libraries and all libraries with a special interest in the western region and women's studies.'
"This is the first encyclopedia to focus on this neglected group.... There is a clear need for this encyclopedia... recommended for academic and public libraries and all libraries with a special interest in the western region and women s studies."
This is the first encyclopedia to focus on this neglected group. . . . There is a clear need for this encyclopedia . . . recommended for academic and public libraries and all libraries with a special interest in the western region and women’s studies.”
This is the first encyclopedia to focus on this neglected group. . . . There is a clear need for this encyclopedia . . . recommended for academic and public libraries and all libraries with a special interest in the western region and women's studies.
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Library Journal, October 2003
Choice, January 2004
Booklist, March 2004
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Summaries
Main Description
Click 'Additional Materials' for downloadable samples "This is a sound purchase for college and university libraries with women's studies or American West programs as well as for large public libraries." --BOOKLIST "This is the first encyclopedia to focus on this neglected group. . . . There is a clear need for this encyclopedia . . . recommended for academic and public libraries and all libraries with a special interest in the western region and women's studies." --LIBRARY JOURNAL "A highly educational and enlightening resource, the Encyclopedia of Women in the American West is a core recommendation for academic and public library American Western History Studies and Women's Studies reference collections, as well as an invaluable resource for writers and non-specialist general readers with an interest in studying women's experiences and contributions to American society and culture." --THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW Unites the American West and Women's History American women have followed their "manifest destiny" since the 1800's, moving West to homestead, found businesses, author novels and write poetry, practice medicine and law, preach and perform missionary work, become educators, artists, judges, civil rights activists, and many other important roles spurred on by their strength, spirit, and determination. Encyclopedia of Women of the American West captures the lives of more than 150 women who made their mark from the mid-1800s to the present, contextualizing their experiences and contributions to American society. Including many women profiled for the first time, the encyclopedia offers immense value and interest to practicing historians as well as students and the lay public. Multidisciplinary and Multicultural Cowgirls, ranchers, authors, poets, artists, judges, doctors, educators, and reformers--although these women took many different paths, they are united in their role in history, fighting not only for women's rights, but equal rights for all in this rich and promised land. The Encyclopedia of Women in the American West chronicles the work of Native American activists such as Mildred Imach Cleghorn, and Sarah Winnemucca, the champion of rights of indigenous peoples who established Nevada's first school for Native Americans in 1884. The encyclopedia also explores the stories of early ranchers. Among them is Freda Ehmann, who founded the California Ripe Olive Association where, according to her grandson, "science and chemical exactness failed, the experience and care of a skillful and conscientious housewife succeeded." Women in the American West have long thrived in the arts. This is evidenced by the work of authors such as Pulitzer Prize winner Willa Cather, Amy Tan, and Linda Hasselstrom, poets such as Hildegarde Flanner, and journalist Molly Ivins. All are profiled in this comprehensive work. The arts are used to address both aesthetic and serious societal issues such as Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior, the story of a woman's struggle with identity as a minority in American culture. Academics will appreciate a study of Ruth Underhill's Autobiography of a Papago Woman, which deals with the role of feminist ideology in changing the discipline of anthropology during the first part of the twentieth century. Women in the American West have also achieved many "firsts&
Main Description
The Encyclopedia of Women in the American West captures the lives of more than 150 women who made their mark from the mid “1800s to the present, contextualizing their experiences and contributions to American society. Including many women biographied for the first time, the Encyclopedia offers immense value and interest to practicing historians as well as students and the lay public. The Encyclopedia covers nine diverse topical categories: Agriculture/Ranching Arts and Letters Education Entrepreneurs Law Pioneers Public Performance Religion Women "s Organizations The West is often portrayed as a rough and tumble man "s world, but behind these men-and often independently-were women with the dreams, strength, and determination to make a difference. The Encyclopedia of Women in the American West is a tribute to their independence, intelligence, courage, spirit, perseverance, and daring. Key Features Authoritative and in-depth articles on a wide range of salient issues in women "s history Suggested readings and interpretive materials for every entry Bridges two perennially popular areas of academic and lay interest: the American West and women "s history Developed and priced to appeal to high school and public libraries as well as academic libraries
Main Description
The Encyclopedia of Women in the American West captures the lives of more than 150 women who made their mark from the mid'"1800s to the present, contextualizing their experiences and contributions to American society. Including many women biographied for the first time, the Encyclopedia offers immense value and interest to practicing historians as well as students and the lay public. The Encyclopedia covers nine diverse topical categories: Agriculture/Ranching Arts and Letters Education Entrepreneurs Law Pioneers Public Performance Religion Women's Organizations The West is often portrayed as a rough and tumble man's world, but behind these men'"and often independently'"were women with the dreams, strength, and determination to make a difference. The Encyclopedia of Women in the American West is a tribute to their independence, intelligence, courage, spirit, perseverance, and daring. Key Features Authoritative and in-depth articles on a wide range of salient issues in women's history Suggested readings and interpretive materials for every entry Bridges two perennially popular areas of academic and lay interest: the American West and women's history Developed and priced to appeal to high school and public libraries as well as academic libraries
Main Description
The Encyclopedia of Women in the American West captures the lives of more than 150 women who made their mark from the mid'1800s to the present, contextualizing their experiences and contributions to American society. Including many women biographied for the first time, the Encyclopedia offers immense value and interest to practicing historians as well as students and the lay public.The Encyclopedia covers nine diverse topical categories: Agriculture/Ranching Arts and Letters Education Entrepreneurs Law Pioneers Public Performance Religion Women's OrganizationsThe West is often portrayed as a rough and tumble man's world, but behind these men-and often independently-were women with the dreams, strength, and determination to make a difference. The Encyclopedia of Women in the American West is a tribute to their independence, intelligence, courage, spirit, perseverance, and daring.Key FeaturesAuthoritative and in-depth articles on a wide range of salient issues in women's history Suggested readings and interpretive materials for every entry Bridges two perennially popular areas of academic and lay interest: the American West and women's history Developed and priced to appeal to high school and public libraries as well as academic libraries
Main Description
The Encyclopedia of Women in the American West captures the lives of more than 150 women who made their mark from the mid1800s to the present, contextualizing their experiences and contributions to American society. Including many women biographied for the first time, the Encyclopedia offers immense value and interest to practicing historians as well as students and the lay public. The Encyclopedia covers nine diverse topical categories: Agriculture/Ranching Arts and Letters Education Entrepreneurs Law Pioneers Public Performance Religion Women's Organizations The West is often portrayed as a rough and tumble man's world, but behind these men-and often independently-were women with the dreams, strength, and determination to make a difference. The Encyclopedia of Women in the American West is a tribute to their independence, intelligence, courage, spirit, perseverance, and daring. Key Features Authoritative and in-depth articles on a wide range of salient issues in women's history Suggested readings and interpretive materials for every entry Bridges two perennially popular areas of academic and lay interest: the American West and women's history Developed and priced to appeal to high school and public libraries as well as academic libraries
Main Description
The Encyclopedia of Women of the American Wes t captures the lives of more than 150 women who made their mark from the mid-1800s to the present, contextualizing their experiences and contributions to American society. Including many women profiled for the first time, the encyclopedia offers immense value and interest to practicing historians as well as students and the public.
Table of Contents
List of Entries
Reader's Guide
List of Contributors
Preface
Introduction
A-Z Entries
Appendix: The Chronology of America and its Women
Appendix: Women's Organizations
Appendix: Researching Women's History
Index
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