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Schoolwomen of the Prairies and Plains: Personal Narratives from Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska, 1860s-1920s

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  4 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
One of the first books to examine the experiences of teachers who were the daughters of western pioneers--now in paperback.
Paperback, 379 pages
Published by University of New Mexico Press (first published September 1992)
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Wileyacez
Oct 06, 2012 Wileyacez rated it liked it
This was a pretty good read; I've got a weak spot for "pioneer" material that goes back to those darn Little House books. Like all books of this ilk, it's the author telling you what the subject was thinking based on diaries and journals, but in this case the author does not impose too much of her opinion. All about schoolteachers in Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa during the earliest settlements through the early 1900's, so covers an era of big change.
Catherine Richmond
We assume women taught a few years between finishing their own schooling and starting their families. But women were in and out of teaching. Some continued a long career until reaching an advanced age, advanced degree, advanced position. These second generation of the pioneers raised literacy rates in IA, NE, and KS to the highest in the US.
Editing to reduce repetition would have helped this book.
Susan Gill
Jun 18, 2013 Susan Gill rated it really liked it
This is a very good resource for those interested in learning about the lives of women who became school teachers in one room schoolhouses during the latter part of the 19th century. Consisting of mainly first hand accounts, the book gives valuable information about the educational systems in the rural mid west during an era when teaching was becoming a profession.
Micaela Barnes
Jul 06, 2014 Micaela Barnes rated it really liked it
Great history lesson. I admire these women!
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