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Women of the New Mexico Frontier, 1846-1912

Cheryl Foote

Women of the New Mexico Frontier, 1846-1912 is a collection of essays that include biographical sketches and writings from women of all walks of life who helped bring about the Americanization of the New Mexico Territory, from the Mexican War until statehood in 1912. These women were wives of missionaries, soldiers and military officers, and government officials who came from the eastern part of the United States. For this edition, Cheryl Foote has provided a new Introduction, which highlights information uncovered since the book's original publication in 1990.

"Throughout, Foote does not shy away from sensitive topics, including alcoholism, domestic violence, and prostitution. . . . She has unearthed some women's documents that were either unknown or have been overlooked, and she has encouraged others to delve into southwestern women's history."--Glenda Riley, Alexander M. Bracken Professor Emeritus of History, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

"Battered wives, Presbyterian missionaries, army laundresses--these are the people that Cheryl Foote presents in Women of the New Mexico Frontier. Even though she restricted her portraiture to Anglo-American women, Foote still found individuals about whom we usually know too little. For example, a particular strength of this book is the new dimension it brings to our understanding of army women."-- The Journal of Arizona History

"Foote's book is based on careful research, and it brings to our attention the lives and work of obscure but nonetheless significant women."-- The Western Historical Quarterly


Cheryl J. Foote received her doctorate from the University of New Mexico. She teaches at Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute.


"Based on careful research, Women of the New Mexico Frontier brings to our attention the lives and work of obscure but nevertheless significant women. For the first time, the lives of Anglo women from the Eastern United States are examined vis-á-vis the Americanization of New Mexico Territory."


" Women of the New Mexico Frontier provides a unique glimpse into Anglo-American women's history in New Mexico during the last half of the 19th century."


Pasatiempo, NM

"Women in historical nonfiction have finally gained a permanent place in the publishing world. Foote's book reveals the stories of army wives, teachers and missionaries. She successfully weaves together these women with a common thread of character. . . . A departure from traditional New Mexico history, this is a must read."


True West Magazine

5.875 x 9 in. 224 pages 10 halftones