9780805211764

Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey

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  • ISBN13:

    9780805211764

  • ISBN10:

    0805211764

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2004-07-06
  • Publisher: Schocken

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Summary

More than a quarter of a million Americans crossed the continental United States between 1840 and 1870, going west in one of the greatest migrations of modern times. The frontiersmen have become an integral part of our history and folklore, but the Westering experiences of American women are equally central to an accurate picture of what life was like on the frontier. Through the diaries, letters, and reminiscences of women who participated in this migration,Women's Diaries of the Westward Journeygives us primary source material on the lives of these women, who kept campfires burning with buffalo chips and dried weeds, gave birth to and cared for children along primitive and dangerous roads, drove teams of oxen, picked berries, milked cows, and cooked meals in the middle of a wilderness that was a far cry from the homes they had left back east. Still (and often under the disapproving eyes of their husbands) they found time to write brave letters home or to jot a few weary lines at night into the diaries that continue to enthrall us. In her new foreword, Professor Mary Clearman Blew explores the enduring fascination with this subject among both historians and the general public, and places Schlissel's groundbreaking work into an intriguing historical and cultural context.

Author Biography

Lillian Schlissel is Professor Emerita at Brooklyn College. She is the coeditor of <i>Far from Home: Families of the Westward Journey </i>and of<i> The Western Women’s Reader</i>. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Families in transit I, 1841-1850p. 19
Families in transit II, 1851-1855p. 76
The later journeys, 1856-1867p. 118
The diaries
A woman's trip across the plains in 1849p. 165
Notes by the wayside en route to Oregon, 1852p. 187
Diary, 1853p. 199
Touring from Mitchell, Iowa, to California, 1862p. 217
A sketch of her lifep. 233
Diary, 1867p. 241
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