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The women / Kerry William Bate.

Bate, Kerry William [Browse]
  • Salt Like City : The University of Utah Press, [2016]
  • ©2016
xxi, 392 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24cm
Summary note:
  • "A singular narrative woven from the biographies of four generations of women in southwestern Utah. This book takes a provocative and unapologetic look at the lives of four generations of women from 1816 to 1949, who faced all that men, environment, and God could throw at them. It's the story of failings and triumph in a world that often valued women cheaply, dismissed them easily, and granted nothing cheerily. Though their stories are informed by Utah and Mormon history, their lives represent the experiences of many women of their era. They also provide a personal look at the effects of technological and societal changes in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. While all four women moved within the lower spheres of economic status, several of them played important roles in their towns in southwestern Utah. Their stories share the rich social history of these communities and their interactions with other town members. With humor and detail, Kerry Bate reveals the women's struggles to nurture their families and survive, the value they found in joining forces, and their sometimes subtle insubordination against the rules of men"-- Provided by publisher.
  • "Family history, usually destined or even designed for limited consumption, is a familiar genre within Mormon culture. Mostly written with little attention to standards of historical scholarship, such works are a distinctly hagiographic form of family memorabilia. But many family sagas in the right hands can prove widely engaging, owing to inherent drama and historical relevance. They can truthfully illuminate larger matters of history, humanity, and culture. Kerry Bate proceeds on the premise that a story centering on the women of the clan could provide fresh perspective and insight. He portrays real people with well-rounded, flawed characters; builds from deep research; writes with a bit of style; and includes the rich context and detail of these lives. His main subjects are four generations of impressive women: the pioneer Catherine Campbell Steele; her daughter, Young Elizabeth, the first Mormon child born in Utah; Kate, an accomplished community leader; and Sarah, a gifted seamstress trapped in an unhappy marriage. To enter their hardscrabble lives in small southern Utah communities is to meet women who pioneered in their own modest but determined ways"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 371-378) and index.
Family Pedigree -- "Husband What is Thy Will?" : Catherine Campbell Steele -- "Convicts to Bondsman's Lands" : Catherine and Elizabeth Steele -- "Letting Posterity Come In" : Elizabeth Steele Stapley -- "Nicest Great Grand Baby You Have Got" : Catherine Steele -- "She Wanted Her Own Rights" : Sarah E. Roundy -- "Do Their Own Doing" : Sarah E. Roundy -- "She Can Do It" : Sarah E. Roundy -- "Nothing Too Refined" : Victor L. Sylvester -- "Mother of the Ward" : Sarah Catherine Stapley Roundy -- "Let's Go Over and See President Harding" : Joel J. Roundy -- "Just Getting Nothing" : Victor L. Sylvester -- "Continue to Increase" : Elizabeth Steele Stapley -- "She Only Had One Mother" : Sarah Catherine Stapley Roundy -- "That Was Money in Her Pocket" : Sarah E. Roundy Sylvester -- "The Queen Bee" : Sarah E. Roundy Sylvester -- "Stern Looking but Well-Polished" : Elizabeth Steele Stapley -- "Poverty and Progeny" : The Women.
  • 9781607815167 (cloth : alkaline paper)
  • 1607815168 (cloth : alkaline paper)
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