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The Women's Great Lakes Reader
Women lighthouse keepers, fur traders, cooks on sailing vessels, missionaries, and fearless travelers all wrote of their lives on the Great Lakes, both publicly and in quiet testimonies such as letters, logbooks, and diaries. Their narratives, which span the centuries from 1789 to the present, are now collected in this anthology. Compiled in response to historical accounts ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Ladyslipper Press, Inc.
(first published January 1998)
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Oct 02, 2019 Jennifer Bradshaw rated it really liked it · review of another edition
The pieces selected were interesting and fairly varied. The parts written by the editor were sometimes confusing and could have used more editing.
This book transports the reader to a time when women's roles were dictated by society, regardless of the environment they in. These are the women who followed their husbands to the Isle Royale mining camps; those that felt compelled to teach the Native Americans encamped along the shores of the Great Lakes; lighthouse keepers and pioneers. Some are stories of folklore and others of personal memories, journals and letters -- all of strong women that paved the way for female explorers of this ...more
many short stories, some stories were intriguing and other a bit boring. You'll find your favorite writers, these stories take place in Michigan, so its area we know, but its before the descent of civilization. The Indian tribes were still intact and people intermarried, the Indians, French and British. Anna Jameson was by far one of the more interesting writers and conveys interesting in sight into the tribal life style and current day bias against Indians. A good book that can be picked up and ...more
Yes, another book about the Great Lakes. :>) These short stories focus on women who lived along the Great Lakes, starting with the Native Americans, moving on to female pioneers, lake travelers, lighthouse keepers, all the way up to the early 1990s. Very cool. I take this book with me on trips to the Boundary Waters. In a sense, I am one of the women, creating my own Great Lakes stories.
Loved this book. Learned a tremedous amount. Historical perspective is usually male. This is a refreshing look at pioneer/frontier life. From 1700 all the way up to 1992. Interesting to learn about an area I am familiar with in modern,industial times.