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ERIC Number: EJ906311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0275-7664
"Picturing the Past": Farm Women on the Grasslands Frontier, 1850-1900
Sundberg, Sara Brooks
Great Plains Quarterly, v30 n3 p203-219 Sum 2010
This study analyzes fifty-two accounts by pioneer farm women from a less well known part of the U.S. grasslands, the Minnesota prairie between 1850 and 1900. Using Hamlin Garland's frequently cited description of his mother's experience as a baseline for comparison to Minnesota farm women's experiences, this study finds that pioneer farm women from the Minnesota prairie provide not only "more history" but also multiple perspectives on that history. Minnesota farm women's accounts of their own experiences demonstrate that many Minnesota women expressed far more positive and complex responses to the grasslands than Hamlin Garland's passage implies, confirming the continuing need for alternate ways to picture the past of pioneer farm women on the prairie. This study also maintains that in order to have a full understanding of prairie farm women's experiences it is critical to include these often conflicting responses in what we teach.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota