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Author Jackson, Brenda K.

Title Domesticating the West : the re-creation of the nineteenth-century American middle class / Brenda K. Jackson
Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2005


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 180 pages) : illustrations, 1 map
Series Women in the West
Women in the West.
Contents The early years, 1833-1861 -- The Civil War, 1861-1864 -- The aftermath of war, 1864-1876 -- Henry Villard and transportation in the Pacific Northwest, 1876-1882 -- Inland Empire "pioneers," 1880-1890 -- Retirement and reflections on the past, 1890-1920
Summary "In 1881 Thomas and Elizabeth Tannatt said a final good-bye to Massachusetts and the eastern seaboard and set out in search not of land but of opportunities for social and political advancement. Facing severe limitations to their goals in the depressed and disheveled postwar East, the Tannatts went west to Walla Walla, Washington Territory, to pursue their dreams of influence and status." "Domesticating the West examines the motivations of late nineteenth-century middle-class migrants who moved west to build communities and establish themselves as leaders. The West offered new opportunities for solidly middle-class eastern families who endured hardship, uncertainty, and displacement during the Civil War, and who struggled to carve out meaningful social space in the war's aftermath. Brenda K. Jackson places the Tannatts at the center of this movement and demonstrates how gender, class, and place affected the new migrants' abilities to integrate into their new communities. She also shows how easterners redefined themselves as leaders of a new, moral western environment through volunteerism and political participation. While many studies of westward expansion focus exclusively on the earliest pioneers, Jackson adroitly shows how later arrivals shaped the social, economic, and cultural growth of the nation."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 133-171) and index
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Subject Tannatt, Thomas, 1833-1913.
Tannatt, Elizabeth F. (Elizabeth Forster), 1837-1920.
SUBJECT Tannatt, Elizabeth F. (Elizabeth Forster), 1837-1920
Tannatt, Thomas, 1833-1913
Tannatt, Elizabeth F. (Elizabeth Forster), 1837-1920 fast
Tannatt, Thomas, 1833-1913 fast
Subject Pioneers -- West (U.S.) -- Biography
Middle class -- West (U.S.) -- Biography
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.)
Community life -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century
HISTORY -- State & Local.
Community life
Frontier and pioneer life
Manners and customs
Middle class
Social conditions
Soziale Situation
SUBJECT West (U.S.) -- Social conditions -- 19th century
West (U.S.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
Inland Empire (Pacific Northwest) -- History -- 19th century
Inland Empire (Pacific Northwest) -- Biography
Subject United States -- Inland Empire
West United States
USA -- Weststaaten
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005009944
ISBN 080325105X