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"The extraordinary lives of thirty ordinary women in the Northwest are depicted through the use of their stories, letters, memoirs, and poems; history at its most personal, and utterly fascinating."

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"If you have any interest in understanding what life was like for the women of the 19th century West, you must have this book."


"… a fascinating anthology on Northwest women in the early pioneer era… and — typically for an Oregon State University Press book — an excellent design and wonderful photographs."

The Oregonian
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