|Size||8.5 x 11|
|Published||Deseret Book and RSC BYU 2017|
What a WONDERFUL and scholarly masterpiece Cathy Ellis and David Boone have produced with the second edition of Pioneer Women of Arizona. Cathy's and David's dialogue at the end of each biography is amazing! I can only begin to realize just how much time and research went into this second edition. The photos are wonderful. The authors have created an amazing document that will be a marvelous contribution regarding the lives of our Arizona pioneer heritage.
My eldest daughter brought a copy with her as a belated Father's Day gift during the 4th of July week when we hosted our family reunion here in Provo, UT with all of our five children and 21 grandchildren. With so much going on it was a few days before I got to it. Oh my goodness, I couldn't put it down, nor could my wife and all of our children. They are all very genealogy and family history oriented and proud of their heritage. This volume will serve to strengthen our love of and dedication to these remarkable ancestors.
This book is a wonderful blessing! I just found and purchased it at Deseret Book this week. I have many great-and great-great grandmothers included within the book--and although I was already familiar with much of the information, I'm learning so many new things, finding information I hadn't known before, new and heart-warming stories, and discovering photos that I never knew existed. I'm also loving the inspiration gained from the lives of the many women I'm not descended from. What an amazing and faithful group of women they were! I'm so very grateful for the phenomenal scholarship and effort put into this beautiful book. It will be a favorite keepsake to pass on to my daughters and grandchildren...thank-you!
The story of settling western America often centers on the contributions of men; however, women and young women played a vital role in shaping its development. This book features more than two hundred life histories of pioneer women and men who settled Arizona. In this significantly improved second edition, Arizona historians Catherine Ellis and David Boone have updated the original edition by Roberta Flake Clayton. They have added maps, added historical context, annotated, and corrected the original. Three major indexes provide access to vital information. Historians and descendants will find this book well worth their time to sift through the life stories and genealogical treasures.
Ms. Ellis and Mr. Boone have done students of Mormon Women's history and descendants of Arizona Mormon Pioneer women a great service in updating Roberta Flake Clayton's classic book.
Reading the 200+ stories of women who were involved in the early settlement of Arizona by the Mormon people gives great insight into the lived experience of these women. You walk away from this book with a realization that the Mormon settlement of Arizona could not of been successful without the efforts and contribution of women.
In the last five years a number of books have made important contributions in our understanding of the role of Mormon Women in the growth and development of the Latter Day Saint People. I refer to the documentary history of the first fifty years of Relief Society, From the Pulpit a collection of sermons by Mormon Women, and Laurel Ulrich's A House Full of Females.
Ellis and Boone's book is as important as any of these works.
Leonard Arrington once spoke of "sunbonnet sisters". In 24th of July parades you see women in long dresses and sunbonnets. You can't see the women's faces.
Pioneer Women of Arizona is a step in taking of the sunbonnets so we can see the faces of these great women.
I must add a personal note, the book contains stories about two of my great great grandmothers and one great grandmother . I learned new things about all of them