One Step Over the Line

One Step Over the Line

Toward A History of Women in the North American Wests

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This eclectic and carefully organized range of essays—from women’s history and settler societies to colonialism and borderlands studies—is the first collection of comparative and transnational work on women in the Canadian and U.S. Wests. It explores, expands, and advances the aspects of women’s history that cross national borders. Out of the talks presented at the 2002 “Unsettled Pasts: Reconceiving the West through Women’s History,” Elizabeth Jameson and Sheila McManus have edited a foundational text for pioneering scholars of this emergent, interdisciplinary field.

This eclectic and carefully organized range of essays—from women’s history and settler societies to colonialism and borderlands studies—is the first collection of comparative and transnational work on women in the Canadian and U.S. Wests.


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This eclectic and carefully organized range of essays—from women’s history and settler societies to colonialism and borderlands studies—is the first collection of comparative and transnational work on women in the Canadian and U.S. Wests. It explores, expands, and advances the aspects of women’s history that cross national borders. Out of the talks presented at the 2002 "Unsettled Pasts: Reconceiving the West through Women’s History," Elizabeth Jameson and Sheila McManus have edited a foundational text for pioneering scholars of this emergent, interdisciplinary field.

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This is the second volume of papers to come out of the "Unsettled Pasts" conference held at the University of Calgary in 2002. The first volume discussed the experience of women in Canada exclusively. For the second, the editors, Jameson (American studies, Calgary University) and McManus (history, University of Lethbridge) have taken the unusual step of comparing the lives of women in the western United States and Canada. The lines they cross are legal, societal and physical. Women crossed the border in both directions. African American women went north for freedom; single white women went south to take advantage of laws that allowed them to homestead in their own names. And Native American women went back and forth according to tradition. Articles focus on individual women, women in work and unions, and frontier experiences. There are also several essays on writing and teaching the history of women in the west. They also make clear the subtle but very real differences between the Canadian experience and that of women in the United States. Co-published with AU Press; distributed by Michigan State University Press. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Athabasca, Alta. : AU Press ; Edmonton, Alta. : University of Alberta Press, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780888645012
0888645015
Characteristics: xxvii, 446 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: McManus, Sheila
Jameson, Elizabeth

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