Pansy's History: The Autobiography of Margaret E. P. Gordon, 1866–1966Logan, UT
: Utah State University Press
Pansy's History: The Autobiography of Margaret E. P. Gordon, 1866–1966
Margaret Gordon's memoir, composed over several decades, is notable for the author's clear voice and independent spirit, as well as her detailed accounts of frontier life, financial and family hardships, church service, and transcontinental travel. This book will provide new sources of study for historians of frontier life in northern Utah and Alberta and especially of the experience of Mormon women in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Bushman has annotated her grandmother's manuscript and provides family correspondence and excerpts from Gordon's diaries to supplement the main narrative, enriching it as a potential source for scholarly inquiry and expanding a unique portrait of one woman's life journey across three nations and two centuries.