Midwestern Women

Midwestern Women

Work, Community, and Leadership at the Crossroads
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/22/1997
Format: Paperback 3 maps, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21133-0
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... an excellent introduction to a complex subject. Anyone interested in the Midwest or in women’s history will find it a valuable resource." —Agricultural History

... the volume as a whole invigorates the field of midwestern history." —Wisconsin Magazine of History

... examines four centuries of Midwestern women’s history, including urban and rural, frontier settlers and American Indians, Mexican and European migrants. The book mixes telling anecdotes with scholarly research." —Indianapolis Star

Writing about four centuries of midwestern women’s history, including urban, rural, and frontier women, Native Americans, African Americans, Mexicanas, as well as European migrants, essayists discuss ways midwestern women’s lives resemble those women of other regions and ways in which their lives are distinctive. By addressing a broad range of questions about the lives of midwestern women this volume encourages further research of this neglected but important group. The volume also includes a lengthy bibliography.

Author Bio

Lucy Eldersveld Murphy, Assistant Professor of History at DePaul University in Chicago, has published articles on Native American women and women artisans in midwestern history.
Wendy Hamand Venet, Assistant Professor of History at Georgia State University, is author of Neither Ballots nor Bullets: Women Abolitionists and the Civil War.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Glenda Riley

Introduction: The Strange Career of Madame Dubuque and Midwestern Women’s History
Wendy Hamand Venet and Lucy Eldersveld Murphy

I. Four Lives

1. Leadership within the Women’s Community: Susie Bonga Wright of the Leech Lake Ojibwe
Rebecca Kugel

2. Journeywoman Milliner: Emily Austin, Migration, and Women’s Work in the Nineteenth Century Midwest
Lucy Eldersveld Murphy

3. Mary McDowell and Municipal Housekeeping: Women’s Political Activism in Chicago, 1890
Karen M. Mason

4. The Limits of Community: Martha Friesen of Hamilton County, Kansas
Pamela Riney-Kehrberg

II. Community and Leadership

5. "For the good of her people": Continuity and Change for Native Women of the Midwest, 1650-1850

6. "Those with whom I feel most nearly connected": Kinship and Gender in Early Ohio
Tamara G. Miller

7. The Ethnic Female Public Sphere: German-American Women in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago
Christiane Harzig

8. Sisterhood and Community: The Sisters of Charity and African-American Women’s Health Care in
Indianapolis, 1876-1920
Earline Rae Ferguson

III. Work

9. "The indescribable care devolving upon a housewife": Women’s and Men’s Perceptions of Pioneer
Foodways on the Midwestern Frontier
Sarah F. McMahon

10. Changing Times: Iowa Farm Women and Cooperative Home Economics Extension in the1920s and
Dorothy Schwieder

11. Women, Unions, and Debates over Work during World War II in Indiana
Nancy F. Gabin

12. "Making Rate": Mexicana Immigrant Workers in an Illinois Electronics Plant
Irene Campos Carr