By Sharon Niederman
Traditionally, the Southwest has attracted individuals with yearnings for freedom and experience, those that outline themselves as members. not like their husbands and brothers, girls within the Southwest didn't, for the main half, subdue and tame the land; yet their personality and individuality have been manifested as they lived with and more desirable upon stipulations as they discovered them. Their fascination with their lifestyle and the necessity for self-expression led them to put in writing in their studies, supplying them with an inventive outlet and delivering those that got here later a different window into the prior. "A duvet of phrases" received the Border neighborhood Library organization 1989 Southwest booklet Award for literary excellence and enrichment of the cultural background of the Southwest. It used to be additionally offered the nationwide Federation of Press ladies first prize for background in 1989.
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A Quilt of Words: Womens Diaries, Letters, and Original Accounts of Life in the Southwest, 1860-1960 by Sharon Niederman