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  • Author:
    Victoria Brehm
  • ISBN:
    0970260601
  • ISBN13:
    978-0970260604
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  • Publisher:
    Ladyslipper Press; 2 edition (January 28, 2000)
  • Pages:
    400 pages
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    Humanities
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Women lighthouse keepers, fur traders, cooks on sailing vessels, missionaries, and fearless travelers all wrote of their lives on the Great Lakes, both publicly and in quiet testimonies such as letters, logbooks, and diaries. Their narratives, which span the centuries from 1789 to the present, are now collected in this anthology.

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is a retired professor who writes about the Great Lakes. She created The Women’s Great Lakes Reader, named "One of Fifty Essential Books for Michigan History," and Star Songs and Water Spirits, the first collection of lakes’ Native literatures, described by Lake Superior Magazine "A masterwork and an accumulated treasure. She lives on her family’s Centennial Farm in Tustin, Michigan.

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Women lighthouse keepers, North American Natives, fur traders, cooks on sailing vessels, missionaries, and fearless travelers all wrote of their lives on the Great Lakes. Their narratives, which span the centuries from 1789 to the present, are now collected in this anthology for the first time. Some writers were well known. Others left their quiet testimonies in letters, log books, and diaries that have never before been published. Beginning with Native stories and continuing through writings by women pioneers, travelers, and working women, more than three dozen selections of autobiography, fiction, newspaper accounts, and poetry chronicle what it has meant to live on the lakes from childhood to old age.

Peles
As opportunities for woman waxed and waned on the frontier of the Great Lakes of the 1800s, those few who performed jobs restricted to men were forced back into a patriarchal society that determined their roles more suited to hearth and home, "quelled by the anti-feminist rhetoric of the 1920s and the diminished opportunities of the 1930s". Harriet Colfax, a thirty-seven-year old lighthouse keeper of the Michigan City, Indiana, lighthouse in 1861 shined more than a figurative beacon on the wilderness landscape. In the late nineteenth century, gender roles were fluid in the Great Lakes region, allowing women to assume occupations formerly reserved for men. For a time, the frontier gave women access to well-paying positions as fur traders, cooks on lake's ships and travel writers. East Coaster's were avid readers of "local color", post-Civil War tales of wilderness travels by women who returned from their adventures to write of their exploits, delicious escapist reading for those concerned with urban sprawl, immigration and the inexorable advance of the Industrial Revolution.

Industrialization and the changes it wrought altered the landscape of women's opportunity, bringing with it restrictions of class and gender long familiar to "cultured" society, but in these tales, albeit briefly, women are the putative masters of their own fates. The Women's Great Lakes Reader honors those women who took the risk and journeyed into the unknown, achieving in this vast wilderness what they were denied in professions at home, an escape from the domesticity assigned to them, relying on their wits for survival in a genderless landscape. These narratives avoid the stereotypical stories of nation-building and development, the standards of a male perspective, written from the female point of view, "they tell us less about mastering a landscape and more about adjusting to it", perhaps the most important lesson in preparing for the future.

From "The First People on the Lakes", "Women Pioneers on the Frontier", "Women Travelers on the Lakes", "Women's Work" and "Women's Lives, Women's Lakes", these selections range from the Indian settlers of the early 1800s to a spiritual midlife journey in the 1990s. Here the voices rise from a distant past to join with the present in profiles, narratives, essays, stories and poetry that emerges from the common experience of a life-changing region, women in communication with nature, forging unique identities in a wilderness that refuses to be tamed. Luan Gaines/ 2006.
Questanthr
An excellent eye-opening book about the history of women on the Great Lakes.
Today, for example, several big freight companies employ female captains and first and second mates., Reading the Women's Great Lakes Reader let's you know that issues facing women -- harassment, slop duty, lack of support from other sailors and/or the shipping company -- faced women years ago. But slowly the way of thinking -- every person, male or female, black or white -- can't steer a 1000-foot freighter, to every person can and will. Being a white American male, I am sensitive to issues between men and women, between men hungering for advancement and women wanting to prove themselves. This book paints a clear picture of people with exceptional abilities -- they happen to be women.
Zololmaran
I am telling all of my friends who are remotely acquainted with the Great Lakes to find a copy. It's historical and it's magical. Well edited and full of delight and inspiration. My favorite story is of the newlywed couple floating through a fairyland of shallows which are now long gone, near the St. Claire flats - a green and blue land where there is no land, only water, reeds, lilies, dragonflies and a scattered island here and there holding the odd humans who make it home.
Uris
Excellent selections, skillfully edited. Brehm has added a jewel to the collection of writings about the Inland Seas.
Cherry The Countess
Interesting if you like historical information.
Chankane
Lighthouse keepers, fur traders, cooks, wives and mothers - women from all walks of life have traveled to the Great Lakes region over the past 200 years.

Some stayed only a short time, others made interesting and often challenging lives. Their stories, collected by Grand Valley State University Professor Victoria Brehm in The Women's Great Lakes Reader, reveal a wide range of voices and experiences, from the poetry and travelogues to letters and diary entries about life in mining camps and homesteads around the shores of these vast bodies of water.

Among several dozen chapters are the polished words of novelist Constance Fenimore Wilson, who committed suicide at age 54, after becoming a popular and successful author. Weaving narrative into rich and vivid scenic detail, Wilson puts herself in the shoes of Roxana, who follows her husband into the west.

Brehm also includes brief but fascinating Chippewa tales penned in English by Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, daughter of a fur trader and a Native American woman who married explorer Henry Schoolcraft.

Written from 1789 to present day, each of the stories in this collection holds a unique place in women's history. Best of all, The Women's Great Lakes Reader reflects a diversity of women's voices and reinforces the timeless notion that no one voice speaks for us all.
Vonalij
Using diaries, log books, letters, and other narratives, the editor has woven an anthology of women and their stories about life on the Great Lakes from the late 1700s until the present day. There is also a strong emphasis on the Native American women's accounts of their lives and activities. Of special interest to me were the accounts of women lighthouse keepers and women who worked on the ships that navigate the Great Lakes. This book is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in women's literature and/or the Great Lakes.
I found this book to be extremely informative and entertaining. It enlightened me about the history and culture of the region, and looked at both aspects from a more feminist point of view. An excellent read for pleasure or education. I will definitely read it again.