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How did women in the early twentieth century, newly arrived in North-West Canada, cope with their strange new lives — so very different from the lives they used to lead? How did they see themselves and their role in frontier life?

In the early twentieth century, drawn west by the promise of free land, economic success or religious and political freedom, women moved from eastern Canada and overseas to farms and ranches in North-West Canada. They discovered that it was not the utopia touted by government propaganda or land agents. They also discovered that there was a select but diverse group of rural women who shared their common experiences of isolation, of hard work and duty, of poverty and neglect. But, more importantly, they shared knowledge of independence and self-reliance and of pride in what they had accomplished.

Through letters written to the women’s pages in agricultural newspapers, they forged a vital network that supported, encouraged and educated women in ways to improve their rural lives. Their letters show how these rural women made significant and vital contributions to the settlement and development of the Canadian North-West.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xv
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  1. "The West Is Calling"
  2. p. xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. LETTERS FROM RURAL WOMEN OF THE NORTH-WEST, 1900-1920
  2. pp. 19-20
  1. 1899 Icelander
  2. p. 21
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  1. 1900~Tom Boy
  2. pp. 21-28
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  1. 1901 ~Sour Grapes
  2. pp. 28-30
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  1. 1902~ Cowgirl
  2. pp. 30-32
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  1. 1903 ~ Maid o' the Mist
  2. pp. 32-35
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  1. 1904~ Frank's Mother
  2. pp. 36-38
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  1. 1905~Sage-Brush: From a Dry Climate
  2. pp. 38-48
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  1. 1906~Western Teacher: A Western Teacher's Advice
  2. pp. 48-55
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  1. 1907~Marie [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 55-76
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  1. 1909~ Teresa: An Englishwoman's View [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 76-92
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  1. 1910 ~Addariah: A Vexed Question
  2. pp. 93-103
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  1. 1911~Settler: Graham Island
  2. pp. 103-105
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  1. 1912 ~Tired: Tired's Letter of Thanks
  2. pp. 106-113
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  1. 1913~ Beacon: Matrimonial Laws in Saskatchewan
  2. pp. 113-115
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  1. 1914~ Sweet Idaho: Children Given Away [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 115-128
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  1. 1915~ Brother Bachelor: A Voice from Vancouver
  2. pp. 128-134
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  1. 1916~Farmer: A Pitiful Heart
  2. pp. 134-146
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  1. 1917~New Country-Woman: Query?
  2. pp. 146-150
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  1. 1918~Prairie Maid: Brave Little Girl
  2. pp. 150-156
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  1. 1919~ Rosie Cheeked English Girl: Takes Issue With Frenchy
  2. pp. 157-160
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  1. 1920~Peggie: To Can Beef and Pork for Summer
  2. pp. 160-162
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  1. Conclusion: Was It Worth the Journey?
  2. pp. 163-168
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  1. Appendix: Papers, Clubs, and Editors
  2. pp. 169-172
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  1. Additional Readings
  2. pp. 173-176
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 177-180
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