The New Women’s Great Lakes Reader
The NEW Women’s Great Lakes Reader
Fur traders, merchant ship captains, yacht racers, cross-dressing sailors, shipwreck and wilderness survivors, lighthouse children, open-water swimmers, and environmentalists protecting the water tell their stories in this long-awaited collection. All new histories, poetry, fiction, memoirs, news reports, and essays by Native, French, English, Canadian, and American writers from the 1600s to the present describe their experiences on the lakes in fascinating and inspiring accounts.
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Wayne State University Press
Listed by the Michigan Department of Education as one of the Fifty Essential Michigan History Books.
Fifty Books You Should Be Using to Teach Michigan History
Women lighthouse keepers, Natives, fur traders, cooks on sailing vessels, missionaries, and fearless travellers all wrote of their lives on the Great Lakes. Their narratives, which span the centuries from 1789 to the present, are collected in this anthology for the first time. Beginning with Native stories and continuing through writings by women pioneers, travellers, 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.
“Such a great idea, why didn’t somebody do it before now?”
“The collection is well-rounded and always fascinating. . . .”
“A great sourcebook for learning more about women who shaped the Great Lakes region.”
“With each page, the area’s history unfolds.”
“Makes a reader come away with a new bit of knowledge, or a touch of newfound inspiration and strength, as well as an even greater appreciation of Lake Superior.”
The stories and poetry copied here are ones that haven’t made it into the Women’s Readers.