Antique Ladies : Women and Newspapers on the Oregon Frontier, 1846-1859

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Title: Antique Ladies : Women and Newspapers on the Oregon Frontier, 1846-1859
Author: Ertle, Lynne, 1963-
Abstract: Studies have shown that women's ideas, especially those that challenge the status quo, have historically received little attention from the press. This thesis discusses how women were described in three of Oregon's frontier newspapers from 1846 to 1859, and also explores their contributions to the newspapers as writers, poets, editors, and businesswomen. Information from established American media clipped for the frontier papers described popular, mainstream ideas of womanhood, as well as provided news on the emerging women's rights struggle. Information generated locally on women encompassed a variety of themes, including marriage, education, and temperance. This study shows that even though content about women and women's roles as contributors were constrained by contemporary ideas of propriety and women's place in society, women were valued as readers and contributors to the three Oregon newspapers.
Description: viii, 234 p. A print copy of this thesis is available through the UO Libraries under the call number: KNIGHT PN4897.O74 E78 1995
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/12275
Date: 1995-06


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