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Our Mothers’ Land

Chapters in Welsh Women’s History, 1830-1939

Originally published in 1991, and made available once again in this new edition, Our Mothers’ Landhad been a pioneering text in the then-nascent field of Welsh women’s history. Ranging widely across both time and place, the book explores the many different lifestyles of Welsh women and also addresses the idealized image of Welsh women presented in periodicals, as well as the transgressive actions of advocates for suffrage.

214 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 1991, 2011

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“Chapter after highly readable chapter brings vividly to life the struggles of Welsh women to gain a modicum of control over narrowly circumscribed existences.”


“This book . . . makes important inroads in unpacking the specific social, economic and cultural factors pertaining to women’s lives within Welsh society. . . . The essays are diverse and highly readable.”

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
List of Contributors
Another Chronology
Two Decades of Development: Introduction to the New Edition
Introduction to the 1991 Edition

1. Women, Community and Collective Action: The Ceffyl Pren Tradition
      Rosemary A. N. Jones
2. Beyond Paternalism: The Ironmaster’s Wife in the Industrial Community
      Angela V. John
3. The True ‘Cymraes’: Images of Women in Women’s Nineteenth-Century Welsh Periodicals
     Sian Rhiannon Williams
4. ‘Do Not Go Gentle into the Good Night’? Women and Suicide in Carmarthenshire, c. 1860–1920
      Russell Davies
5. Counting the Cost of Coal: Women’s Lives in the Rhondda, 1881–1911
      Dot Jones
6. From Temperance to Suffrage?
      Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan
7. ‘The Petty Antics of the Bell-Ringing Boisterous Band’? The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Wales, 1890-1918
      Kay Cook and Neil Evans
8. Munitionettes, Maids and Mams: Women in Wales, 1914–1939
      Deirdre Beddoe


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