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Barbara Handy-Marchello tells the stories of the unsung heroes of North Dakota's settlement era: the farm women. As the men struggled to raise and sell wheat, the women focused on barnyard labour -- raising chickens and cows and selling eggs and butter -- to feed and clothe their families and maintain their households through booms and busts. Handy-Marchello focuses on the roles of women in this pioneer generation -- their changing status from equal partnership to subordination, from being valued for their productive work to being glorified for their reproductive function. Enlivened by interviews with pioneer families as well as diaries, memoirs, and other primary sources, this book uncovers the significant and changing roles of Dakota farm women who were true partners to their husbands, their efforts marking the difference between success and failure for their families.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780873515214
ISBN-10: 0873515218
Format: Hardback
(155mm x 230mm x 22mm)
Pages: 204
Imprint: Minnesota Historical Society Press,U.S.
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Barbara Handy-Marchello

Barbara Handy-Marchello is a history professor at the University of North Dakota. She lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Books By Author Barbara Handy-Marchello

Women of the Northern Plains by Barbara Handy-Marchello

Women of the Northern Plains

Paperback / softback, December 2007