Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey
By (author) Lillian Schlissel
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Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey by Lillian Schlissel
Book DescriptionMore 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 Journey" gives 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."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780805211764
(229mm x 153mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Schocken Books
Publisher: Schocken Books
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1995
Country of Publication: United States
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Covered Wagon Women, Paperback (April 1996)» View all books by Lillian Schlissel
Suitable for students of everyday life, this title brings together a collection of the diaries of overland women. It speaks through letters and diaries of the women who traveled west in covered wagons during the 1840s.
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Author Biography - Lillian Schlissel
Lillian Schlissel is Professor Emerita at Brooklyn College. She is the coeditor of "Far from Home: Families of the Westward Journey "and of" The Western Women s Reader." She lives in New York City."
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