Diaries of Girls and Women: A Midwestern American Sampler by Suzanne L. Bunkers

By Suzanne L. Bunkers

Diaries of ladies and Women captures and preserves the various lives of forty-seven women and girls who lived in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin among 1837 and 1999—young schoolgirls, young people coming of age, newlywed other halves, moms grieving the lack of young ones, academics, nurses, aged ladies, Luxembourger immigrant nuns, and ladies touring overseas. A compelling paintings of dwelling historical past, it brings jointly either diaries from historic society documents and diaries nonetheless in ownership of the diarists or their descendents.
     Editor Suzanne L. Bunkers has chosen those excerpts from extra than 450 diaries she tested. a few diaries have been saved in simple terms in brief, others via a complete lifetime; a few diaries are the intensely inner most checklist of a existence, others inform the tale of a whole kinfolk and have been intended to be stored and liked by means of destiny generations. by means of impending diaries as ancient files, healing instruments, and a kind of literature, Bunkers bargains readers perception into the self-images of ladies and ladies, the dynamics of households and groups, and the forms of contributions that women and girls have made, earlier and current. As a illustration of the women and girls of various old eras, locales, races, and fiscal conditions who settled and populated the Midwest, Diaries of women and Women provides texture and development to the cloth of yankee history.

 

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The result is, I believe, a larger and richer collection than I had first anticipated. Whose diaries are included in this collection? I found that the woman most likely to have kept a diary in the years since 1850 was a third-, fourth-, fifth-, or sixth-generation Euro-American with adequate economic resources and some access to education. , Etta Call, Gertrude Cairns, Margaret Vedder Holdredge). , Jennie Andrews, Abbie Griffin, Lillian Carpenter); one diary was written by a EuroAmerican immigrant (Isabella McKinnon) and another by the 25 Introduction daughter (Pauline Petersen) of two immigrants.

I found that the woman most likely to have kept a diary in the years since 1850 was a third-, fourth-, fifth-, or sixth-generation Euro-American with adequate economic resources and some access to education. , Etta Call, Gertrude Cairns, Margaret Vedder Holdredge). , Jennie Andrews, Abbie Griffin, Lillian Carpenter); one diary was written by a EuroAmerican immigrant (Isabella McKinnon) and another by the 25 Introduction daughter (Pauline Petersen) of two immigrants. Two diaries (those by Gwendolyn Wilson Fowler and Martha Furgerson Nash) were written by middle-class African American women.

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