The Women: A Family Story (Hardback)
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The Women: A Family Story (Hardback)

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Hardback 480 Pages / Published: 30/04/2017
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Family history, usually destined or even designed for limited consumption, is a familiar genre within Mormon culture. Mostly written with little attention to standards of historical scholarship, such works are a distinctly hagiographic form of family memorabilia.But in the right hands, many family sagas can prove widely engaging, owing to inherent drama and historical relevance. They can truthfully illuminate larger matters of history, humanity, and culture.

Kerry Bate proceeds on the premise that a story centering on The Women of the clan could provide fresh perspective and insight. He portrays real people with wellrounded, flawed characters; builds from deep research; writes with a bit of style; and includes the rich context and detail of these lives. His main subjects are four generations of impressive women: the pioneer Catherine Campbell Steele; her daughter Young Elizabeth, the first Mormon child born in Utah; Kate, an accomplished community leader; and Sarah, a gifted seamstress trapped in an unhappy marriage. To enter their hardscrabble lives in small southern Utah communities is to meet women who pioneered in modest but determined ways.

Publisher: University of Utah Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9781607815167
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 975 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Exceptionally well researched, written, organized and presented, The Women: A Family Story is an inherently compelling, impressively informed and informative read from beginning to end."--Midwest Book Review

"A detailed, lively, local history. The author has done an astonishing amount of recording and transcribing of oral histories, and it often brings characters to life in a wonderful way."
--Todd Compton, author of A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary


"The Women gives specific information about nearly every aspect of life on the American frontier--housing, food, medicine, animals, transportation, gas, and later electrical lighting. It personalizes a great many things that are often discussed only in general or technical and impersonal terms."
--Colleen Keyes Whitley, author of Worth Their Salt: Notable but Often Unnoted Women of Utah and Worth Their Salt, Too: More Notable but Often Unnoted Women


"Meticulously researched through oral history and primary and secondary documents, this lengthy work of family history represents a standard to which genealogists everywhere might aspire....Enhanced with numerous black-and-white photographs of people, places, letters, certificates, and even house plans, this is an exemplary work of family history, sure to have wide appeal."--Association for Mormon Letters

"A genealogical treasure trove....This history also includes family stories about neighbors, local communities, church leaders, and even a visit by Warren Harding to southern Utah in 1923....Bate weaves together a story that includes family loyalty, love, forgiveness, and respect. "--Utah Historical Review

"A guide for genealogists everywhere on how to present their research in an engaging and scholarly fashion. The book also gives a fascinating look at life in southwestern Utah from around 1850 to 1950."--The Journal of Mormon History

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