- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Farcountry Press; First edition (October 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560374497
- ISBN-13: 978-1560374497
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Montana Women Homesteaders was a gift to me from my husband. He knows me so well! The book consists of letters from homesteading women in the early 1900s. Some of the women have a borderline feminist attitude but they are the exception not the rule. Most were just thrown a curve ball in life such as a husband's death. They had no choice but to make lemonade out of lemons. Life is not a walk in the park. There are bad times and good times, both of which these women were no strangers too. The women faced hard times such as drought, crop failure, delivering babies without proper knowledge, ill animals and sometimes the loss of the animals just to name a few. It's a firsthand account of survival and will power. Homesteading, especially back in the day, was not for the faint of the heart. If your crops failed you, you couldn't run to the store and buy back up produce. You most likely weren't even lucky enough to have a neighbor that had food to share. You had to survive on what you had. At times the women faced starvation. The women weren't always alone. Some had lady friends, children, brothers, mother's, etc join them on their stead but it was registered in their name and they were the sole care taker of the place. There was no pattern in ages. Some were young and some were old but they all shared one thing, the will to live. They survived. They shared their stories. They shared their pictures. They shared their documents. It's a humbling read of history. While it is history it is not your highschool dry textbook. Pick it up. You'll be amazed at the strength of the women and will be ever so grateful for what you have. Also you won't see these women running around burning bras or crying for safe spaces. These are the real powerful women. They didn't think low of men. Some actually rather that their man was still alive so he could handle the dirty work and stress of life on a homestead in Montana. They did amazing things despite hardships thrown at them.
It's a great book. You won't regret reading it.
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.