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Riley, Glenda 1938-

Works: 69 works in 212 publications in 1 language and 13,847 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Glenda Riley
Divorce : an American tradition by Glenda Riley( Book )

14 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1639, Puritans in Massachusetts granted the first divorce in America, to Mrs. James Luxford, on grounds of bigamy (she was awarded Mr. Luxford's property and he was fined, placed in the stocks, then banished to England). Divorce has been a fact of American life ever since. Indeed, by 1880, one in sixteen marriages ended in divorce; by 1928, one in six; and today, one out of every two American marriages ends in divorce. In Divorce, Glenda Riley provides an intriguing history of marital breakdown in America, from colonial times to the present, revealing how America has become the divorce capital of the world. Riley describes how the Puritans broke radically with British tradition, treating marraige as a civil matter, after the fashion of Luther and Calvin, and granting civil divorce almost two centuries before England. She traces the gradual easing of divorce laws, as more and more grounds were added to existing statutes; highlights the great disparity of laws from state to state (Utah, for instance, granted consensual divorce by 1850, over a hundred years before it became common practice in other states, while South Carolina outlawed divorce completely until 1949); and examines the impact of westward migration and the growing importance of love. Riley brings her narrative right up to the 1990s, when marriages end at an astonishing rate, and single parent and blended families have become common. Throughout, the reader is treated to quite a bit of colorful history: the "divorce mills" that appeared in Indianapolis, Sioux Falls, Fargo, and, of course, Reno; the various alternatives to traditional marriage (such as the celibacy of the Shakers, or the group marriage of the Oneida community); and many fascinating divorce cases, from the obscure--such as the Connecticut woman who claimed her husband put dead chickens in her tea pot--to the infamous (such as the trial of Brigham Young, who when sued by one of his wives for a $200,000 settlement, quickly countersued, claiming the marriage was polygamous and thus illegal in the United States; he won the case). Divorce has become an American tradition, Riley concludes, and it will continue to be so, laws or religious prohibitions to the contrary. She argues that if we stop fighting over whether divorce is good or bad, and simply recognize that divorce is, we might work out a more equitable and helpful system of divorce for Americans
Women and Indians on the frontier, 1825-1915 by Glenda Riley( Book )

16 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in English and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life and legacy of Annie Oakley by Glenda Riley( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 1,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the life and career of Annie Oakley as a performer in the wild West shows
The female frontier : a comparative view of women on the prairie and the Plains by Glenda Riley( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 1,066 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Until the mid 1970s, frontierswomen appeared in histories of the American West only as one-dimensional stereotypes or not at all. The intention of this study is to demonstrate not only that women did play highly significant and multifaceted roles in the development of the American West but also that their lives as settlers displayed fairly consistent patterns which transcended geographic sections of the frontier. Further, the author maintains that these shared experiences and responses of frontierswomen constituted a "female frontier." In other words, frontierswomen's responsibilities, life styles, and sensibilities were shaped more by gender considerations than by region
Frontierswomen, the Iowa experience by Glenda Riley( Book )

10 editions published between 1981 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inventing the American woman : a perspective on women's history by Glenda Riley( Book )

27 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women and nature : saving the "Wild" West by Glenda Riley( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Long before Rachel Carson s fight against pesticides placed female environmental activists in the national spotlight, women were involved in American environmentalism. In Women and Nature: Saving the 'Wild' West, Glenda Riley calls for a reappraisal of the roots of the American conservation movement. This thoroughly researched study of women conservationists provides a needed corrective to the male-dominated historiography of environmental studies. The early conservation movement gained much from women s widespread involvement. Florence Merriam Bailey classified the birds of New Mexico and encouraged appreciation of nature and concern for environmental problems. Ornithologist Margaret Morse Nice published widely on Oklahoma birds. In 1902 Mary Knight Britton established the Wild Flower Preservation Society of America. Women also stimulated economic endeavors related to environmental concerns, including nature writing and photography, health spas and resorts, and outdoor clothing and equipment. From botanists, birders, and nature writers to club-women and travelers, untold numbers of women have contributed to the groundswell of support for environmentalism"--Publisher description
Confronting race : women and Indians on the frontier, 1815-1915 by Glenda Riley( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In spite of white women's shifting attitudes towards Indians, they retained colonialist outlooks towards all peoples. Women who migrated West carried deeply ingrained images and preconceptions of themselves and racially based ideas of the non-white groups they encountered. In their letters home and in their personal diaries and journals, they perpetuated racial stereotypes, institutions, and practices." "The women also discovered their own resilience in the face of the harsh demands of the West. Although most retained their racist concepts, they came to realize that women need not be passive or fearful in their interactions with Indians." "Riley's sources are the diaries and journals of trail women, settlers, army wives, and missionaries, and popular accounts in newspapers and novels. She has also incorporated the literature in the field published since 1984 and a deeper analyssi of relationships between white women and Indians in westward expansion."--BOOK JACKET
By grit & grace : eleven women who shaped the American West( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Debunking the myth that women in the frontier American West were either hardscrabble prostitutes or passive homemakers, ten noted historians chronicle the exploits of eleven true-life pioneer women who played prominent and influential roles in helping to shape the evolution of the region -- and the nation as a whole
Building and breaking families in the American West by Glenda Riley( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American West has had the highest divorce rate in the world from the 1870's to the present. In examining why marriages dissolve so frequently in the West, this volume is the first to explore the topic in a systematic, scholarly manner. It looks at a wide range of courtship and marriage practices among Anglos, Native Americans, Hispanics, and African Americans. In studying men and women across cultural and ethnic lines, Riley argues that traditions often overlapped each other but never gave rise to widely accepted norms. Riley devotes separate chapters to each phase in the life cycle of relationships - courting, the fusing and rending factors influencing marriage, the difficulties of intermarrying, and the dissolving of unions through separation, desertion, and divorce. She finds that family conflict occurred across cultures throughout the West when traditions clashed and people were unwilling or unable to blend beliefs or practices
Wild women of the Old West( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inventing the American woman : an inclusive history by Glenda Riley( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking land, breaking land : women colonizing the American West and Kenya, 1840-1940 by Glenda Riley( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Riley's discussion of the historical experiences of these two frontiers addresses such crucial issues as women's roles in the continuance of colonization in the U.S. West as opposed to their role in its collapse in Kenya. Although she uses postmodern theoretical concepts of self and other, of resistance and adaptation, her writing will appeal to a broad audience of students, scholars, and general readers."--Jacket
With badges & bullets : lawmen & outlaws in the Old West( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who are the lawmen and who are the outlaws? ... Was there, in fact, always a distinction between officers of the law and lawbreakers in the Old West?" These are the key questions that ten well-known historians puzzle over in their revealing portraits of such legendary frontier figures as Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Belle Starr, Jesse James, and Wild Bill Hickok. The second book in Fulcrum's Notable Westerners series, this collection of lively, well-researched biographies examines the lives of famous-and infamous-characters of the Old West
A place to grow : women in the American West by Glenda Riley( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chiefs & generals : nine men who shaped the American West by Glenda Riley( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Treaties, betrayals, surrender and bloodshed formed the daily backdrop to the nine compelling lives of the American West told in this volume
Prairie voices : Iowa's pioneering women( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Hollywood West : lives of film legends who shaped it( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Belle Starr : "the Bandit Queen" by Burton Rascoe( Book )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Legendary comrade and consort to train robbers, bootleggers, stagecoach robbers, bushwhackers, bank robbers, horse thieves, cattle thieves, and outlaws of all stripes, Belle Star was born in Missouri and emigrated with her family to Texas in 1863. Myth made her a dancehall entertainer, faro dealer, expert horsewoman, crack shot, and adopted member of the Cherokee Nation. Burton Rascoe's classic biography separates the facts from the folklore and traces the sources and afterlives of the fictional accounts published after her mysterious and unsolved murder."--Global Books in Print
Women in the West( Book )

4 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The life and legacy of Annie Oakley
Alternative Names

controlled identityReilly, Shauna, 1938-

Reilly, Shauna, 1938-

Riley, Glenda Gates 1938-

English (136)

Women and Indians on the frontier, 1825-1915The life and legacy of Annie OakleyThe female frontier : a comparative view of women on the prairie and the PlainsFrontierswomen, the Iowa experienceInventing the American woman : a perspective on women's historyWomen and nature : saving the "Wild" WestConfronting race : women and Indians on the frontier, 1815-1915By grit & grace : eleven women who shaped the American West