A marvelous contribution to understanding the role of women in the development of the American West. Doing What the Day Brought
is a sort of hybrid oral history, greatly buttressed and enlarged by the insightful commentary and analysis of the authors, women historians native to the West. Although focusing on Arizona history dating back to the late nineteenth century, this immensely readable book offers a broad look at the day-to-day lives of ordinary pioneer women who serve as prototypes for all the women who made the extraordinary move west. The authors interviewed about 30 women age 70 and above who have spent most of their adult lives in Arizona. . . . An essential addition to any women's history or western pioneer history collection.
A welcome addition to histories of 'grass roots' western women. . . . A richly textured account of women's lives in the desert Southwest.
Journal of American History
A fascinating record of the ways in which some Arizona women did 'what the day brought'this is an extraordinary and valuable study.
Western Historical Quarterly
An excellent supplementary readings source about the lives of pioneer women.
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