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Herbst J. Women pioneers of public education : how culture came to the wild West. Vol 1st. New York: Palgrave Macmillan; 2008.

"In an environment dominated by men and constantly threatened by natural disasters and crime, how did women become the leading promoters and supporters of public education in America's 19th Century West? With deft scholarship and accessible writing, Herbst elucidates what allowed and brought a group of Colorado women to establish their place as wives and mothers in their homes and at the same time become successful and recognized leaders in their community."