Reinterpreting the influence of domestic ideology on women and their families during westward migration

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dc.contributor.advisor Riley, Glenda en_US Howard, N. Jill (Nancy Jill), 1959- en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-usp-- en_US 2011-06-03T19:35:57Z 2011-06-03T19:35:57Z 1992 en_US 1992
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1992 .H8 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to reinterpret the influence of domestic ideology on middle-class Anglo women during westward migration using the Oregon Trail as a case study. By analyzing traditional cultural constructs which portrayed women as "reluctant drudges" or " stoic helpmates," a new paradigm for trail women emerged. The inculcated tenets of domesticity, comprised of a domestic routine and a values system, seemed to have equipped women with domestically-related role identities, and thus facilitated the accommodation of these women to the challenges of trail life. In addition, this ideology served as the basis for establishing relationships with Native American women, for Anglo women recognized similaritiesbetween the domestic routine of Native Americans and themselves. Finally, shared domestic chores and values enabled Anglo women to develop non-competitive, mutually beneficial relationships with each other, in contrast to the often competitive nature of interaction between men.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of History
dc.format.extent i, 93 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- West (U.S.) -- History. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.) en_US
dc.subject.other West (U.S.) -- Social life and customs. en_US
dc.title Reinterpreting the influence of domestic ideology on women and their families during westward migration en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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