1st Edition

The Gendered West The American West

Edited By Gordon Morris Bakken, Brenda Farrington Copyright 2001

    First Published in 2001. This anthology of western history articles emphasizes the New Western History that emerged in the 1980s and adds to it a heavy dose of legal history, a field frequently ignored or misunderstood by the New Western historians. From first contact, American Indians knew that Europeans did not understand the gendered nature of America. Confusion regarding the role of women within tribes and bands continued from first contact well into the late nineteenth century. The journal articles that follow give readers a true sense of the gendered West. Racial and ethnic heritage played a role in female experience whether Hispanic, Japanese or Irish. Women's work was part western history, but women did not confine themselves to plow handles or brothels. Women were very much a part of most occupations or in the process of breaking down barriers of access. They worked in the fields for wages as well as for family welfare and prosperity. Women demanded access to the professions whether teaching or law, accounting or medicine. The process of eliminating barriers varied in time and space, but the struggle was constant. Yet the story of women in polygamous Utah or Idaho was different and an integral part of the fabric of western history. Because of their beliefs and practices these women suffered at the hands of the federal government and persevered.

    Volume Introduction 1 Women and Men in Western History: A Stereoptical Vision ; Women of Color and the Rewriting of Western History: The Discourse, Politics, and Decolonization of History; Else Surely We Shall All Hang Separately: The Politics of Western Women's History; Race, Sex, and Region: Black Women in the American West, 1850-1920; What's Old about the New Western History: Race and Gender, Part ; American Daughters: Black Women in the West; Women and Intercultural Relations: The Case of Hispanic New Mexico and Colorado; Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane: The Politics of a Mother-Daughter Relationship; Toward a Multicultural History of Women in the Western United States; Women Progressives and the Politics of Americanization in California, 1915-1920; Work, Gender, and Power in the American West ; Single Women Homesteaders: The Perplexing Case of Elinore Pruitt Stewart; Engendering the History of Alta California, 1769-1848: Gender, Sexuality, and the Family; We are Women Irish: Gender, Class, Religious, and Ethnic Identity in Anaconda, Montana; Amerika Nadeshiko: Japanese Immigrant Women in the United States, 1900-1924; The Liberty of Self-Degradation: Polygamy, Woman Suffrage, and Consent in Nineteenth Century America; Constitutional Convention Debates in the West: Racism, Religion, and Gender


    Gordon Morris Bakken California State University, Fullerton and Brenda Farrington Long Beach City College.