Called to go with the Swiss company to settle the "Dixieland" region of southern Utah -a hot, dry, inhospitable land-Mary Ann's family lived in thatch, dugout, and adobe houses they built themselves. While still hardly more than a child, Mary Ann cut wheat with a sickle, gleaned cotton fields, made braided straw hats for barter, and spun and dyed cloth for her dresses. Always sustained by her faith in the church, she took part in a millenarian scheme that failed-a communal order-and entered a polygamous marriage, raising almost single-handedly a large family.
Mary Ann Hafen has left an authentic, matter-of-fact record of poverty, incredibly hard work, and loss of loved ones, but also of pleasures great and small. It is a unique document of a little-known way of life.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 93
Weight: 136 g
Dimensions: 203 x 137 x 8 mm
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