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Montana Women Homesteaders: A Field of One's Own Paperback – October 1, 2009
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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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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!
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.