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The Tragic Tale of Narcissa Whitman and a…

The Tragic Tale of Narcissa Whitman and a Faithful History of the Oregon…

by Cheryl Harness

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This is a excellent biography if you are looking for historical writing that incorporates primary documents-- entries from Narcissa Whitman's letters. The only thing that could enhance this book is more of a look at the Cayuse Indians who killed Dr. and Mrs. Whitman. The Cayuse felt that the Doctor was poisoning them He could heal the pioneers, but his medicine didn't work on the Natives. ( )
  brangwinn | Oct 20, 2013 |
Narcissa Whitman and her husband headed West to be missionaries to the Indians. She was the first white woman to travel the 2,000 miles on the Oregon Trail
  prkcs | May 18, 2007 |
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When she was a young girl, Narcissa loved nothing better than to read heroic tales about brave men and women risking their lives to bring Christian ideas to "barbarians" in far-off places. In 1831, her dream of doing the same was about to come true. That's when some Indians arrived in St. Louis, Missouri, looking for the "White Man's Book of Heaven." Their quest was the answer to Narcissa's prayers: She would bring salvation to "those wandering sons of our native forests. "

Narcissa married Marcus Whitman, another missionary want-to-be, and they headed West. She spent her honeymoon riding side-saddle some 2,000 miles across the vast, often perilous trail to Oregon Country—something no other white woman had ever done. Then she and Marcus lived happily ever after singing hymns and teaching the Indians about the Bible, right? Wrong! Readers will find out what really happened when East met West at the end of the real-life, legendary Oregon Trail.

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A biography of Narcissa Whitman, a missionary who wanted to bring salvation to the native americans. Uses quotes from her diaries to help discover how her noble adventure became on of the great tragedies in the story of America.

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