By Sharon Niederman
Traditionally, the Southwest has attracted individuals with yearnings for freedom and event, those that outline themselves as members. in contrast to their husbands and brothers, girls within the Southwest didn't, for the main half, subdue and tame the land; yet their personality and individuality have been manifested as they lived with and better upon stipulations as they discovered them. Their fascination with their lifestyle and the necessity for self-expression led them to jot down in their reviews, delivering them with an artistic outlet and supplying those that got here later a special window into the prior. "A cover of phrases" gained the Border nearby Library organization 1989 Southwest ebook Award for literary excellence and enrichment of the cultural background of the Southwest. It used to be additionally offered the nationwide Federation of Press ladies first prize for heritage in 1989.
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Extra info for A Quilt of Words: Womens Diaries, Letters, and Original Accounts of Life in the Southwest, 1860-1960
It has frequently happened that during wars the civilian population is mistreated by the soldiers, so, to avoid this, General Sibley declared martial law, strictly warning Mexican and American women (four American women there at that time) not to appear on the streets nor to frequent public places. The only diversion the pioneer merchant Levi Spiegelberg could offer his young and pretty wife, Betty, was a buggy ride on Sunday to the nearby Indian pueblos where she delighted in watching the Indians, decorated with feathers and war paint, dance with their squaws, listening to their strange music and beating of tom-toms, admiring the pretty gold and silver jewlery and pottery the Indians made, while watching the squaws weave beautiful blankets.
The authorities at North Platte refused to let us start out unless we promised to drive fast enough to catch up with a company of Infantry. There were eight teams in our party. We left the road after a while and drove down near the river where the company of soldiers was camped. Two of the wagon loads decided to stay on the road near the bluffs. " and then we saw the Indians swoop down and circling, ride away with our horses. We went to the rescue of these people and then all together we hurried on, arriving at what was known as Beauviss's Crossing where we camped all night.
There were two other arrivals of mail during the week but Saturday's mail was the principal one. The letters were distributed by calling out the names, the men answering, "Here," and the mail being tossed to them. After a few months, Mother was asked to bake bread, pies and cakes to sell to the miners who came down for mail. This meant forty or fifty pies alone, and a hundred-pound sack of flour was very often used in a day's baking. A quart of milk was included and this was paid for in gold dust which I weighed out.
A Quilt of Words: Womens Diaries, Letters, and Original Accounts of Life in the Southwest, 1860-1960 by Sharon Niederman