Montana Women Homesteaders : A Field of One's Own

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  • Copyright: 2009-09-01
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"My Relatives in Iowa City, Iowa thought I was mentally deranged when I announced to them in 1908 I was going to take my little boy and move to Montana, " wrote homesteader Mattie T. Cramer in "Success of a Lone Woman Homesteader." "They could not understand how a 'lone woman' could expect to get along out in that wild country...."

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction Montana's Solo Women Homesteadersp. 15
A Lone Woman Homesteaderp. 39
A Shack Near Big Sandyp. 63
"In My Own Home At Last"p. 83
The Sumatra Adventurep. 93
Lone Tree, Montana; Nan ("Nannie")p. 113
Crossing the Border for Landp. 127
Evelyn Cameron Photographs of Janet ("Jennie") Williams and Other Montana Women Homesteadersp. 137
A Homestead Near the Little Crooked; Mia ("May")p. 145
2 Letters, 5 Feet of Snow: The Mildred Belle Hunt Diaryp. 163
Dead, Plucky, or Proved Up: Women Homesteaders in the Montana Pressp. 187
"A Sure-Enough Pioneer"p. 205
A Homestead Near Smokey Buttep. 247
Life in the Badlandsp. 265
Endnotesp. 273
Referencesp. 285
Indexp. 287
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