Cover for MURPHY: Mining Cultures: Men, Women, and Leisure in Butte, 1914-41

Mining Cultures

Men, Women, and Leisure in Butte, 1914-41
Awards and Recognition:

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

The famed Montana town's journey from from notorious to respectable

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.


Mary Murphy is a professor of history at Montana State University.

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