Pioneer Women

Pioneer Women

The Lives of Women on the Frontier

Book - 1996
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Pioneer Women provides a rare look at frontier life through the eyes of the pioneer women who settled the American West. Linda Peavy & Ursula Smith portray a wide variety of women, from those who found liberty & confidence in undertaking "men's work" to those who felt burdened by the wind, the weather, & the struggle of frontier life. They include the experiences of women of color, as well as colorful & infamous figures such as Calamity Jane & Carry Nation. The women's hardships, hopes, fears, & courage are revealed in excerpts from journals, letters, & oral histories. Illustrated with a fascinating collection of seldom-seen photographs, Pioneer Women reveals the faces as well as the voices of women who lived on the frontier. "This 'Patchword' of women's words & pictures captures the pioneer experience memorably & elegantly. Just as a quilt is made up of many small pieces, this book is based on a multitude of individual stories & a rich range of source material. The authors stitch the pieces together skillfully & unobtrusively, presenting us with an overall picture that is both detailed & sweeping in its design. This is a book to enjoy & learn from. Like an heirloom quilt, this is a book to be treasured."--SUSAN ARMITAGE, coeditor of The Women's West & Writing the Range. "Peavy & Smith cut through all the myths of frontier life in their frank & engaging commentary...A book as fresh & inspiring as a bright, breezy day on the plains."--BOOKLIST. LINDA PEAVY & URSULA SMITH have coauthored two previous books on women in the American West, The Gold Rush Widows of Little Falls & Women in Waiting in the Westward Movement (University of Oklahoma Press). They are currently at work on a book about children of the frontier.
Publisher: New York : Smithmark Publishers, 1996.
ISBN: 9780831772208
Branch Call Number: 973. 8 PEA
Characteristics: 144 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Smith, Ursula


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Sep 20, 2011

Fascinating study of pioneer women. The women are shown to be just as tough, if not tougher, than their male counterparts. Amazing how incredibly hard life was back then. Many thanks to the women that kept diaries so that we would have an accurate portrait of this part of history.

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