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Uppity women of the New World
León, Vicki.
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Berkeley, Calif. : Conari Press, [2001]

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314 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
First Ladies & superlative travelers -- Spies & she-merchants -- Chain breakers & rebellion makers -- Creative boatrockers & career widows -- Swashbucklers & gender benders -- Game dames & granite grannies -- Early Aussies & South Sea self-starters -- Headline makers & risk-takers -- Celebrity kin & significantly overlooked others.
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This collection of real-life stories about female pioneers covers more than 225 women living between the early 1500s and the mid-1800s who contributed to the exploration of the New World as they battled against slavery, formed friendships with Indians, and dressed as men to fight in wars.

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Booklist Review

The fourth and final installment in the Uppity Women series features those adventurous and ambitious females who helped launch and firmly establish colonies in the Americas, New Zealand, and Australia. Displaying remarkable verve and tenacity despite the incredible hardships they faced, the 220 women profiled include explorers, entrepreneurs, spies, religious leaders, rebels, soldiers, criminals, and pirates. Although standard histories often overlook the contributions and achievements of non-Europeans, Leon is careful to include a number of overdue tributes to native women. Of special note is the attention paid to the tremendous advances made by women in the always troubled arena of race relations. A wise and humorous testament to a remarkable array of females. --Margaret Flanagan

Publisher's Weekly Review

There are more than enough feisty women on this side of the Atlantic to fill an entire book, decided Vicki Le¢n (Uppity Women of the Renaissance, etc.), so she did. The result is Uppity Women of the New World, a hilarious yet sobering glance at 200 women in North and South America and Australia who took their destinies into their own hands. Some are famous, but most are not, like enterprising Mary Salmon, who in 1754 wasted no time picking up where her late husband left off as a Boston blacksmith and continued, as advertised, to shod gentlemen's horses "with fidelity and dispatch." 5-city author tour. ( Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 First Ladies and Superlative Travelersp. 9
2 Spies and She-Merchantsp. 41
3 Chain Breakers and Rebellion Makersp. 73
4 Creative Boatrockers and Career Widowsp. 105
5 Swashbucklers and Gender Bendersp. 137
6 Game Dames and Granite Granniesp. 167
7 Early Aussies and South Sea Self-Startersp. 205
8 Headline Makers and Risk-Takersp. 233
9 Celebrity Kin and Significantly Overlooked Othersp. 265
Resourcesp. 297
Selected Bibliographyp. 305
Indexp. 309
Acknowledgmentsp. 315