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"Although family history is sometimes looked down upon by professional historians, Botkin demonstrates that this genre of history can be both scholarly and an intimate, compelling story." 
—Greg Hall, Eastern Illinois University, Missouri Historical Review, January 2018

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Jane Little Botkin 

Award-Winning Author​


EMAIL :  jane@janelittlebotkin.com

"—a well-researched and compelling story, told, at may points with deserving and admirable engagement...Despite unavoidable mystery and uncertainty surrounding him, the author has been able to construct a narrative that finally tackles this important tale, and often compellingly so."  —Jeffrey A. Johnson, Providence College  Labour/Le Travail No. 82, November 2018   https://muse.jhu.edu/

"She  puts the story together, piece by piece, before our eyes, and that is large part of the pleasure of this text...Botkin has done a marvelous job with details, going far beyond the treatments in the standard histories... of the IWW and the Western Federation of Miners." —Paul Buhl,  MRonline, October 28, 2017,​
​​https://mronline.org/2017/10/28/the-iww-saga-in-new-light/

"Verdict -  Especially appealing for those interested in the history of the American West and labor history."—Charles K. Piehl, Minnesota State Univ., Mankato, Library Journal Book Review, April 6, 2017 

"Your book is so well written and documented, I felt as if the hand of history had reached out to touch me.  I see many parallels between Frank's time and the present, although most people are totally ignorant of our Nation's labor struggles.  I would hope you might find the energy to write again."from a  Reader

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“This beautifully written account is also family history at its best. This book deserves to be read as much for its creative methodology as for its fascinating narrative. Insightful and highly recommended.”—Carlos A. Schwantes, author of Radical Heritage: Labor, Socialism and Reform

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The Caroline Bancroft History Prize committee was deeply impressed with Botkins' research efforts and her ability to balance the objectivity of a historian and the compassion of a family member. In telling Little's story, Botkin also tells the story of life in early 20th-century mining towns and ably paints a picture of the travails that mining families faced as they struggled to scratch out a living in towns and camps where the mining company was a law unto itself. The Caroline Bancroft History Prize committee was deeply impressed with Botkins' research efforts and her ability to balance the objectivity of a historian and the compassion of a family member.  —Denver Western History and Genealogy Department, Denver Public Library, December 2018

"Botkin has provided extensive documentation throughout the narrative, and then overlaid scenes from photographs and text of the era, showing what key actors might have experiences.  Her vivid descriptions of sights, sounds, ads smells of early 20th-century working camps make real the challenges of life in that era." —David A Bullock, Walla Walla University, Pacific Quarterly Review, Spring 2018

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"Botkin connects her family history to the history of the American West and labor...This engaging study deserves the attention of historians of the West and labor..." Derek W. Donwerth,  University of Oklahoma, Western Historical Quarterly,  Summer 2018

"Written in great detail and with historical elegance"

—Kare, Goodreads ✩✩✩✩✩, September 1, 2017