Covered Wagon Women

Author: Kenneth L. Holmes
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803272774
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Offers the writings and recollections of thirteen Anglo women who traveled to the American West in the 1840s, taken from their letters and diaries, and reflecting the political, social, and economic forces of the era.

Covered Wagon Women 1852 The California Trail

Author: Kenneth L. Holmes
Publisher: Bison Books
ISBN: 080327291X
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"The writing is rich with the sounds of common speech and jargon . . . and it should be a gold mine for students of everyday life."-John Mack Faragher, Western Historical Quarterly. "The entries from these pioneer women are alternately rich with optimism, stark with tragedy, and always laced with the mind-numbing details and foot-blistering discipline required to keep to that inexorable march toward the western horizon."-The Olympian. "The diaries and letters . . . throb with excitement, pain and mind-boggling determination."-Kliatt. In 1852 a record number of women helped keep the wagons rolling over the perilous western trails. The fourth volume of Covered Wagon Women is devoted to families headed for California that year. Diaries and letters of six pioneer women describe the rigors en route, trailside celebrations and tragedies, the scourge of cholera, and encounters with the Indians. Kenneth L. Holmes was a professor of history at Western Oregon State College. He edited and compiled these volumes drawing on archives and private sources. Glenda Riley is a professor of history at Ball State University. Her numerous works on women in the American West include Building and Breaking Families in the American West.

Covered Wagon Women 1864 1868

Author: Kenneth L. Holmes
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803272987
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V. 1. The women who traveled west in covered wagons during the 1840s speak through these letters and diaries. Here are the voices of Tamsen Donner and young Virginia Reed, members of the ill-fated Donner party; Patty Sessions, the Mormon midwife who delivered five babies on the trail between Omaha and Salt Lake City; Rachel Fisher, who buried both her husband and her little girl before reaching Oregon. Still others make themselves heard, starting out from different places and recording details along the way, from the mundane to the soul-shattering and spirit-lifting.

Covered Wagon Women 1850

Author: Kenneth L. Holmes
Publisher: Bison Books
ISBN: 080327274X
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The women who traveled west in covered wagons during the 1840s speak through these letters and diaries. Here are the voices of Tamsen Donner and young Virginia Reed, members of the ill-fated Donner party; Patty Sessions, the Mormon midwife who delivered five babies on the trail between Omaha and Salt Lake City; Rachel Fisher, who buried both her husband and her little girl before reaching Oregon. Still others make themselves heard, starting out from different places and recording details along the way, from the mundane to the soul-shattering and spirit-lifting.

Covered Wagon Women

Author: Elliott West
Publisher: Bison Books
ISBN: 0803272995
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Forty years after the legendary overland travels of Oregon pioneers in the 1840s, Lucy Clark Allen wrote, “the excitement continues.” Economic hard times in Minnesota sent Allen and her husband to Montana in hopes of evading the droughts, grasshoppers, and failed crops that had plagued their farm. Allen and her compatriots, in this volume of Covered Wagon Women, experience a much different journey than their predecessors. Many settlements now await those bound for the West, with amenities such as hotels and restaurants, as well as grain suppliers to provide feed for the horses and mules that had replaced the slower oxen in pulling wagons. Routes were clearly marked—some had been replaced entirely by railroad tracks. Nevertheless, many of the same dangers, fears, and aspirations confronted these dauntless women who traveled the overland trails.