Books That Inspire 2008

Women of Oklahoma, 1890-1920
Linda Williams Reese

Women of Oklahoma is a captivating glimpse into the life of white, black, and Native American women during the early years of Oklahoma’s history. Drawing from sources such as diaries, Reese tells their stories of perseverance, hard work, and commitment to family and community. Focusing on the inspiration stories of individuals such as Kate Barnard, and Elva Ferguson, as well as the struggles endured by Native Americans and Blacks, she contends that Oklahoma women exhibited an acute awareness of gender in an environment that tested ideas of domesticity, race, and gender roles. Reese is able to draw on the challenges that women of different races went through to illustrate both the common experience of women and the unique history and makeup of Oklahoma.

Jaymie C Turner
Serials Librarian
University Libraries