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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Farcountry Press; First edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560374497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560374497
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An absorbing, often deeply personal account...highly recommended --Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Sarah Carter is a professor and H. M. Tory Chair at the University of Alberta s history and classics department and a member of the faculty of Native studies. A specialist in western Canadian history, she crossed the forty-ninth parallel to compare land policies in the western United States and western Canada. Her books include The Importance of Being Monogamous: Marriage and Nation Building in Western Canada, Aboriginal People and Colonizers of Western Canada, and Capturing Women: The Manipulation of Cultural Imagery in Canada's Prairie West. The winner of the 2006 Joan Jensen Darlis Miller Prize for the best article published about women in the Trans-Mississippi West, Carter became a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2007.

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This book was exactly what I was looking for . . . stories of ordinary women overcoming amazing obstacles!
Big B
I recommend this book to those who wish to learn about the settling of the west and the courage required to be one of the settlers, especially the women who came.
Thomas Q. Sullivan
This book is filled with letters and stories of women who were homesteaders in MT in the late 1800's-early 1900's.
Martha A.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
Montana Women Homesteaders: A Field of One's Own is an anthology of testimonies and vintage black-and-white photographs following single women who filed on 160 or 320-acre homestead plots in Montana. Some were single; others were widowed, divorced, or deserted; some had children; and they varied in age, educational level, and ethnic background. Some were ultimately more (or less) successful than others, particularly as the Great Depression closed in. Yet all of them tested themselves on the land and contributed to Montana's rich history. An absorbing, often deeply personal account in the words of women determined to make it on their own, highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Kearns TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 31, 2012
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I just finished this book, and really loved it. The book devotes a chapter to each of a dozen or so women who filed claims on free land in Montana in the late 1800s to the 19-teens. They were required to live on the land and improve it (with crops, fencing and a house) for five years before getting the title to it. They were also required to be single, divorced, abandoned or otherwise heads of their households, as married women didn't qualify for land.

The book contains quite a few pictures of these tough women and their homesteads, and diary entries and letters from several of them. I am amazed that anybody could "prove up" a claim in that terribly dry, isolated place. The hunger, heat, cold, wind, sand, lack of water, crop failure, loss of livestock, lack of feminine companionship, and lack of medical care caused so many homesteaders to give up, and yet these women stayed and flourished.

If you enjoy books about the settling of the American West and the pioneer spirit, you will love this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Q. Sullivan on November 17, 2012
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The book: "Montana Women Homesteaders; A Field of One's Own" is a subject that needed to be explored. These women were resourceful, adventurous and brave. Especially eastern Montana has to be seen and experienced to begin to understand what these women faced. One of them, Catherine Calk McCarty, was well known to us. It was her sharing her stories (being caught in a blizzard and having to give the horses their 'head' that got them safe to shelter. Or, being followed to her homestead by a lone rider who stayed in her corral for most of the night.) that led to our encouragement for her to write her story.
I recommend this book to those who wish to learn about the settling of the west and the courage required to be one of the settlers, especially the women who came.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Big B on November 23, 2010
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This book was exactly what I was looking for . . . stories of ordinary women overcoming amazing obstacles! The first hand accounts make this book . . . to hear it right from the women themselves is what this book is all about. I highly recommend Montana Women Homesteaders!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Hellie on November 15, 2012
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A story of less than 20 of the female pioneer homesteaders in Montana. All but one of the homesteads were east of the Continential Divide and north of the Yellowstone River. This part of Montana is truly the "big sky" country, with continual winds of 10 to 40 mph, summer temperatures above 100 and winter temperatures at 40 or 50 below. Life was difficult in a one-room "prove-up" shack, with only coal for heat, water which had to be "hauled" or hand pumped from a well and an "outdoor privie" odorous in summer and skin-peeling cold in the winter. One of the women homesteaders lived Turner, the town where I spend the first year of my life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martha A. on January 29, 2012
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This book is filled with letters and stories of women who were homesteaders in MT in the late 1800's-early 1900's. You will find yourself enthralled by the stories of living in shacks no bigger than 8x10 feet, waiting for the water delivery man to come before you die of thirst. The hardships of living on the plains of MT with 50 below zero winds whipping around uninsulated cabins, and the horrible loneliness, is told with interest and a deep love of MT!
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