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Author McMillen, Margot Ford.

Title Called to courage : four women in Missouri history / Margot Ford McMillen and Heather Roberson
Published Columbia : University of Missouri Press, [2002]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 136 pages) : illustrations
Series Missouri heritage readers
Missouri heritage readers.
Contents Ignon Ouaconisen, or, Françoise of the Missouri Nation -- Olive Vanbibber Boone -- Martha Jane Chisley Tolton -- Nell Donnelly Reed
Summary "While there are many accessible biographies of important Missouri men, there are few such biographies of Missouri women, which might suggest that they did not count in history. This book, written by a mother-and-daughter team, helps to correct that misconception by tracing the lives of four women who played important roles in their eras. These women were exceptional because they had the courage to make the best of their abilities, forging trails and breaking the barriers that separated women's spheres from those of men." "A Native American woman the French newspapers called "Ignon Ouaconisen," and the people of Paris called the "Missouri princess," lived from about 1700 to after 1751. She traveled with adventurer Etienne de Bourgmont and bore his child. Although much of her life remains a mystery, her story gives us insights into the lives of Missouri Indian women in the days of the fur trade." "Pioneer Olive Boone (1783-1858) came to the Louisiana Territory as the teenage bride of Nathan Boone, guiding a skiff and their horses across the Missouri River to join the Daniel Boone family near St. Charles. For much of her married life, she stayed alone with her fourteen children while her husband traveled on lengthy hunting expeditions, supervised the Boone saltworks in present-day Howard County, and spent years in the military." "Martha Jane Chisley, born a slave in 1833, was brought to northest Missouri as a young woman. During the Civil War, Martha Jane escaped with her children to Illinois. She overcame many obstacles so that her son Augustine was able to enter school and get an education. Augustine studied in Rome and became the first nationally known African American priest." "Nell Donnelly of Kansas City was a pioneering businesswoman who founded a dress company that became the world's largest, brightening the wardrobe of the "housewife" while also creating fair working conditions for her employees. Born into an ordinary middle-class family in 1889, she --
Achieved a success and high profile that brought its own problems." "Using Missouri and Illinois archives, Margot Ford McMillen and Heather Roberson describe the lives of both women and men, showing how roles changed as Missouri and America matured. This book will be welcomed by anyone interested in women's history or Missouri history." --Book Jacket
Analysis Humaniora Historie
Notes Includes index
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Ignon Ouaconisen, approximately 1700-approximately 1751.
Boone, Olive Van Bibber, 1783-1858.
Reed, Nell Donnelly, 1889-1991.
Tolton, Martha Jane Chisley, 1833-
Women pioneers -- Missouri -- Biography.
Missouri -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
Author Roberson, Heather.
LC no. 2002017952
ISBN 0826213995 (alk. paper)
082626364X (electronic bk.)
9780826213990 (alk. paper)
9780826263643 (electronic bk.)