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Nevada

  • By: Justin Corfield
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Nevada is situated between the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada in the western United States, and ranks seventh in size among all 50 states. The Native Americans lived in the region for centuries before the arrival of the Spanish. At the end of the Mexican-American War, the region was ceded to the United States, and Nevada was granted statehood in 1864, only 14 years after its first permanent white settlement. Losing many of her family, Sarah Winnemucca (1844–91), a Native American, helped large numbers of Native American children, especially girls, reduce their sense of marginalization from mainstream society as Nebraska was opened up for white settlement.

During the late 19th century, Nevada was known as being progressive, and compulsory education for children between the age ...

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