Through their gendered articulations of justice and power, each of these women challenged the legal violence of settler-colonial place-making in an era of dispossession, and rural communities continue to grapple with the legacies of these challenges in their efforts to not only survive, but thrive in the twenty-first century.
"My book examines ... how farm people... negotiated these conflicts through their work with farm and home bureaus... These broad cultural and societal conflicts mirrored a tension that existed in my own family experience."
Women homesteaders ... pressed the bounds of imposed limitations with and sometimes without the help of their male counterparts. The women homesteaders in the Study Area also press the bounds of current homesteading scholarship.
When I proposed the Routledge History of Rural America, my desire was to edit a book that provided a state-of-the-art view of the topic.