Inventing an Identity

Inventing an Identity
In the American West many women, such as Duett Ellison-Hunt, had the freedom to invent new identities and/or challenge the social norms of the day. Born in 1867, Ellison hunted bears and roped, branded, and broke steers, but she also conformed to standard conventions of 19th-century middle-class womanhood--such as refusing to wear trousers. She eventually married Arizona governor Mrs. George W.P. Hunt. | Date: 1897 | Source: Arizona Memory, Arizona Historical Society, Tempe, Photograph Collection, Roscoe G. Willson Collection MS FM MSS 46, Photograph Series, FP RW-528, SSL-AMP019 | Rights: Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Tempe.
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