Download e-book for kindle: Bachelor Bess: The Homesteading Letters of Elizabeth Corey, by Philip L. Gerber, Wayne Franklin, Paul Corey

By Philip L. Gerber, Wayne Franklin, Paul Corey

ISBN-10: 0877453039

ISBN-13: 9780877453031

ISBN-10: 1587290790

ISBN-13: 9781587290794

In July 1909 twenty-one-year-old Elizabeth Corey left her Iowa farm to stake her declare to a South Dakota abode. Over the following ten years, as she endured her schoolteaching profession and carved out a house for herself during this inhospitable territory, she despatched a gradual move of letters to her family members again in Iowa. From the sting of recent the US, Bess wrote lengthy, gossipy accounts—"our personal carrying on with experience story," in keeping with her brother Paul—of frontier lifestyles at the excessive plains west of the Missouri River. Irrepressible, independent-minded, and obviously fearless, the self-styled Bachelor Bess provides us a firsthand, nearly day-by-day account of her homesteading adventures. we will all stake a declare in her lively letters.

Show description

Read or Download Bachelor Bess: The Homesteading Letters of Elizabeth Corey, 1909-1919 (American Land & Life) PDF

Similar women in history books

Download e-book for kindle: Making a Way out of No Way: African American Women and the by Lisa Krissoff Boehm

The second one nice Migration, the circulation of African american citizens among the South and the North that started within the early Nineteen Forties and tapered off within the overdue Sixties, reworked the United States. This migration of roughly 5 million humans helped enhance the monetary clients of black americans, who, within the subsequent iteration, moved more and more into the center type.

New PDF release: The Widows' Might: Widowhood and Gender in Early British

In early American society, one’s id was firm largely via gender. The ways that women and men engaged with their groups have been in most cases no longer equivalent: married ladies fell below the felony regulate in their husbands, who dealt with all negotiations with the skin international, in addition to many family interactions.

Engaging Modernity: Muslim Women and the Politics of Agency by Ousseina D. Alidou PDF

Attractive Modernity is Ousseina Alidou’s wealthy and compelling portrait of Muslim ladies in Niger as they confront the demanding situations and possibilities of the 20 th century. opposite to Western stereotypes of passive subordination, those ladies are taking keep watch over in their personal lives and resisting domination from indigenous traditions, westernization, and Islam alike.

Download PDF by Brown, S. (ed.), Sylvia Brown: Women, Gender and Radical Religion in Early Modern Europe

This choice of twelve new essays examines the position of ladies and of gender in a huge variety of radical ideals and practices in post-Reformation Europe. incorporated are German Anabaptists, English Quakers, prophetesses, and unorthodox Catholic nuns.

Additional resources for Bachelor Bess: The Homesteading Letters of Elizabeth Corey, 1909-1919 (American Land & Life)

Sample text

Holm, who apparently was widowed, was typical of one kind of settler, family members who traveled together and settled close to one another but alone on individual homesteads. Employing her father's homestead as a central point of reference, Holm locates her grandmother on a claim two miles north, her aunt two miles east, and her own land one mile south. "4 Such publicity could be highly persuasive. Surely it worked its magic upon Elizabeth Corey, who in 1905 at the age of seventeen had begun a career as a rural schoolteacher near her home in western Iowa.

The Missouri valley was then the domain of the Arickaras, who cultivated the fertile bottomlands and lived peacefully in their willow-pole lodges over which earthen insulation was heaped for protection from the elements until the more warlike Sioux drove them out. The Sioux lived more like nomads, camping in portable tepees and depending for food upon the immense herds of buffalo and other wild game then inhabiting the vast mid-continent grasslands. Lucrative trading in furs, especially buffalo robes, led to the establishment of a stockaded trading post: Fort Tecumseh, built by the French Fur Company and located where the Teton (later known as the Bad) met the Missouri.

But I never remember Bess being sick with anything more than a cold. In those days of dirt roads and horse-and-buggy travel, it was difficult for her to get home over weekends. But from wherever she was teaching she wrote letters, and those letters became the high point of our mid-day meal. As soon as I was old enough to walk out to the intersection of our roads, it was one of my daily chores, when school wasn't in session, to fetch our mail. From the road side of the wheel of boxes, I couldn't reach our own.

Download PDF sample

Bachelor Bess: The Homesteading Letters of Elizabeth Corey, 1909-1919 (American Land & Life) by Philip L. Gerber, Wayne Franklin, Paul Corey

by George

Rated 4.76 of 5 – based on 46 votes