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Cleeve, Jan. More than petticoats: remarkable Nevada women.

CLEEVE, Jan. More than petticoats: remarkable Nevada women. Globe Pequot. 172p. illus. bibliog. index. c2005. 0-7627-2739-X. $10.95. SA

The rough and dangerous world of gold mining, ranching, and the Indian wars of the 19th and early 20th century comes into focus as Cleeve draws out the details of the lives of 12 Nevada women. All were born before 1900, as is the case of other women profiled in this state-by-state series. They participated with men in some of the most difficult endeavors, softened the edges of pioneer life, created homes, eased relations between the Native Americans and the settlers from elsewhere, brought the arts, education, health care, law, and religion to the frontier, and involved themselves in early Nevada political life.

The women whose brief biographies appear include Alison Oram Bower, Josephine Reed Pearl, and Ferminia Sarras, who drew wealth from gold mines. Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, a Paiute Indian, worked for fair treatment of her people and wrote their first history. Dat so la lee, a Washoe Indian, wove baskets that rank among the world's finest. Helen Jane Wiser Stewart and Idah Meacham Strobridge, ranch owners, preserved history and "sold" the beauties of the area to others. Eliza Cook was one of the first physicians on the Nevada frontier. The Daughters of Charity, an order of sisters, created schools, an orphanage, and a hospital. Ah Cure Kee, a Chinese woman, raised and exported premium vegetables. Maude Frazier led the establishment of educational institutions, and Felice Cohn was a lawyer. The essays are well written, and the selected bibliography will assist librarians who wish to build their collections in this area. Edna Boardman, Libn., Bismarck, ND

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Author:Boardman, Edna
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Date:Jul 1, 2005
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