Mining Cultures

Men, Women, and Leisure in Butte, 1914-41
Author: Mary Murphy
The famed Montana town's journey from from notorious to respectable
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Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1997
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About the Book

Butte, Montana, long deserved its reputation as a wide-open town. Mining Cultures shows how the fabled Montana city evolved from a male-dominated mining enclave to a community in which men and women participated on a more equal basis as leisure patterns changed and consumer culture grew. Mary Murphy looks at how women worked and spent their leisure time in a city dominated by the quintessential example of "men's work": mining. Bringing Butte to life, she adds in-depth research on church weeklies, high school yearbooks, holiday rituals, movie plots, and news of local fashion to archival material and interviews.

A richly illustrated jaunt through western history, Mining Cultures is the never-told chronicle of how women transformed the richest hill on earth.

About the Author

Mary Murphy is a professor of American women's history at Montana State University.


A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 1998. Winner of the Barbara Sudler Award given by the Colorado Historical Society, 1998.