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By Susan Cummins Miller

During this publication are bits and items of desires, lives, reports, and vistas, like squares reduce from previous textile and assembled right into a loopy duvet of writing kinds and kinds. The patchwork layout mirrors either the complexity of the chroniclers and the stark traces and angles of the yankee frontier. —Susan Cummins Miller, from the advent during this anthology of thirty-four writers who released in the course of the payment years of the yank frontier, Miller assembles nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and low writings from girls of Anglo, chinese language, Hispanic, and local American ethnicity. Variously addressing such topics as isolation, drudgery, friendship, mourning, or even mysticism, those writers provide up a distinct frontier, person who specializes in women’s reports up to men’s. briefly biographical and old introductions to every author, Miller stocks insights and context as attractive because the decisions themselves.

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So it has been said of every reformer that has ever started out the car of progress on a new and untried track.  Woman must act for herself. Oh, if all women could be impressed with the importance of their own action, and with one united voice, speak out in their own behalf, in behalf of humanity, they could create a revolution without armies, without bloodshed, that would do more to ameliorate the condition of mankind, to purify, elevate, ennoble humanity, than all that has been done by reformers in the last century.

Some of my dear theorizing friends in the civilized world had dissuaded me most earnestly from bringing a maid with me.  She Page 27 would 'hire out' long enough to buy some article of dress perhaps, or 'because our folks have been sick, and want a little money to pay the doctor,' or for some such special reason; but never as a regular calling, or with an acknowledgment of inferior station.  Perhaps I have been peculiarly fortunate; but certainly with one or two exceptions, I have little or nothing to complain of on this essential point of domestic comfort.

I will try.  The forest faded away, the savage disappeared, the wild beasts were destroyed, and the Page 33 hopes and prophetic visions of their far­seeing powers in the new and untried country, were more than realized.  But for the sake of our children and our children's children, we have entered upon the work, hoping and praying that we may be guided by wisdom, sustained by love, and led and cheered by the earnest hope of doing good.  To all these interrogatories every one will answer, No!  Yes, there, and there only, does he gain his authority.

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