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Eva McDonald Valesh

Title: Valesh Lists Her Accomplishments
Type: Letter
Date: no date
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: Valesh wrote these notes in a letter to a friend who was preparing her biography. Valesh describes her work for the newspapers and the labor movement.
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Valesh Lists Her Accomplishments


  1. What can this list of events tell us about Valesh's life?

  2. What might the receiver of this letter do with this information?

  3. How might this list be different if Valesh were writing it for someone who wasn't a good friend?

  4. Eva Valesh was known for misstating some facts about her life, such as her birth date. In this letter, she says that her birth date is actually years later than it really is, making her appear younger. Why do you think she would do this?