American women writers from colonial times to the present (4 by Taryn Benbow-Pfalzgraf (Editor)

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This work involved primarily the editing of letters and journals. Throughout her work Abel proves to be both an effective researcher and a perceptive scholar who wrote sympathetically about problems the Indians encountered. Although she occasionally wrote in a paternalistic or romantic tone, she is essentially an objective historian. Her English background, she noted, freed her from sectional attachments in dealing with Civil War issues. And she could likewise appraise with detachment the conflict between Indian claims and American expansionist urges.

One reviewer summed up the matter succinctly: ‘‘Miss Abbott has an original and sprightly method—but she overdoes it. ’’ 2 —ABIGAIL ANN HAMBLEN ABEL, Annie Heloise Born 18 February 1873, Fernhurst, Sussex, England; died 14 March 1947, Aberdeen, Washington Daughter of George and Amelia Anne Hogben Abel; married George Cockburn Henderson, 1922 Annie Abel’s family emigrated to Salina, Kansas, in 1884, and she went on to attain literary prominence as an authority on American Indian history. ’’ Her doctoral dissertation, ‘‘The History of Events Resulting in Indian Consolidation West of the Mississippi,’’ won the American Historical Association’s Justin Winsor Prize in 1906 and was published in the Annual Report of that year.

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