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Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier (original 1981; edition 1982)
by Joanna Stratton, Arthur M Schlesinger (Introduction)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0671447483, Paperback)From a rediscovered collection of priceless autobiographical accounts written by hundreds of pioneer women, Joanna Stratton has made a remarkable and widely celebrated book. Never before has there been such a detailed record of women's courage, such a living portrait of the women who civilized the American frontier. Here are their stories: wilderness mothers, schoolmarms, Indian squaws, immigrants, homesteaders, and circuit riders. Their personal recollections of prairie fires, locust plagues, cowboy shootouts, Indian raids, and blizzards on the plains vividly reveal the drama, danger and excitement of the pioneer experience.
These were women of relentless determination, whose tenacity helped them to conquer loneliness and privation. Their work was the work of survival, it demanded as much from them as from their men -- and at last that partnership has been recognized. "These voices are haunting" (New York Times Book Review), and they reveal the special heroism and industriousness of pioneer women as never before.
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Summary: A rare look at frontier life through the eyes of the pioneer women who settled the American West. The hardships they endured and the making of homes and communities are vividly described. Included are Native American women, as well as Calamity Jane and Carry Nation.
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