Mennonite Women in Canada: A History (Studies in Immigration and Culture ) (Hardcover)

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Female voices are rare in the historical record of the Mennonites. Nevertheless, Mennonite women were influential in shaping Mennonite and Canadian society. Mennonite Women in Canada, the first comprehensive history of Mennonite women, traces their role over the past two hundred years.     Marleen Epp explores women's roles within the contexts of immigration, family, church life, work, education, and social life. Comparing how Mennonites dictate women's "place" within society with how women actually behave, Epp finds a contradiction between behavioral ideals and practicalities. Also, women's responses to dictates about their proper place vary widely, unsettling a clear delineation of their roles.    Using diaries, oral histories, genealogies, and memoirs, Epp presents a fascinating story of Canadian Mennonite women that deserves to be read by women and men everywhere.

About the Author

Marlene Epp teaches history and peach and conflict studies at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780887551826
ISBN-10: 0887551823
Publisher: University of Manitoba Press
Publication Date: October 1st, 2008
Pages: 408
Language: English
Series: Studies in Immigration and Culture