Description - Twenty Thousand Roads by Virginia Scharff
From Sacagawea's travels with Lewis and Clark to rock groupie Pamela Des Barres' California trips, women have moved across the American West with profound consequences for the people and places they encounter. Virginia Scharff revisits a grand theme of United States history - its restless, relentless westward movement - but sets out in new directions, following women's trails from the early 19th to the late 20th centuries. In colourful, spirited stories, she weaves a lyrical reconsideration of the processes that created, gave meaning to, and ultimately shattered the West. "Twenty Thousand Roads" introduces a cast of women mapping the world on their own terms, often crossing political and cultural boundaries defined by male-dominated institutions and perceptions. Scharff examines the faint traces left by Sacagawea and revisits Susan Magoffin's famed honeymoon journey down the Santa Fe Trail. The reader also meets educated women like historian Grace Hebard and government extension agent Fabiola Cabeza de Baca, who mapped the West with different voyages and visions.
Scharff introduces women whose lives gave shape to the forces of gender, race, region and modernity; participants in exploration, war, politics, empire and struggles for social justice; and movers and shakers of everyday family life.
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(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - Virginia Scharff
Virginia Scharff is Professor of History at the University of New Mexico. She is author of Bad Company (2002), Brown-Eyed Girl (2000), Coming of Age: America in the Twentieth Century (1998, with Michael Schaller and Robert Schulzinger), Present Tense: The United States since 1945 (1996, with Michael Schaller and Robert Schulzinger), and Taking the Wheel: Women and the Coming of the Motor Age (1991).