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The diaries and letters of women who braved the overland trails during the great nineteenth-century westward migration are treasured documents in the study of the American West. These eight firsthand accounts are among the best ever written. They were selected for the power with which they portray the hardship, adventure, and boundless love for friends and family that characterized the overland experience. Some were written with the skilled pens of educated women. Others bear the marks of crude cabin learning, ...
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Overview


The diaries and letters of women who braved the overland trails during the great nineteenth-century westward migration are treasured documents in the study of the American West. These eight firsthand accounts are among the best ever written. They were selected for the power with which they portray the hardship, adventure, and boundless love for friends and family that characterized the overland experience. Some were written with the skilled pens of educated women. Others bear the marks of crude cabin learning, with archaic and imaginative spelling and a simplicity of expression. All convey the profound effect the westward trek had on these women.

For too long these diaries and letters were secreted away in attics and basements or collected dust on the shelves of manuscript collections across the country. Their publication gives us a fresh perspective on the pioneer experience.

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Patricia Moore
Mining the riches of the 11-volume Covered Wagon Women by Kenneth Holmes, University of Nebraska history professor Michael Tate presents a selection of the pioneer journals dating from 1848 to 1864, the peak years of the cross-country migration. That the women who followed their husbands across the country in ox or horse-drawn wagons had any time to write at all is amazing. They were responsible for cooking for their families and employed drivers, caring for the children, and walking the long miles to lighten the weight of the wagons. While this collection does include one of the drudgery-marked "Passed 21 graves. Made 14 miles," variety of writing, several journals provide vibrant detail of the cross-country trek. "Adventures of a Party of Gold-Seekers, 1850" by Margaret Frink is a thoughtful commentary on virtually every aspect of the trip. Ellen Tootle accompanied her husband on a business trip to the Colorado gold mines in 1862 and left an especially intelligent journal tracing her travels. This one-volume edition of Covered Wagon Women is an invaluable source of supplemental classroom material. Reviewer: Patricia Moore
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This is a worthy selection of primary sources first published in the indispensable 11-volume series Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1840-1890. Of the nearly 100 travel accounts initially compiled by editor Holmes, Michael L. Tate (history & Native American studies, Univ. of Nebraska; Indians and Emigrants: Encounters on the Overland Trails) selected eight of the most significant for inclusion here. While the original series spans 50 years, this single volume covers only 1848 to 1864, so it does omit important evolutions in cross-country travel such as the transcontinental railroad, completed in 1869. Scholarly analysis is not the focus; instead, the women's accounts, which range from a few pages of letters to a 50-page diary, are allowed to speak for themselves. Collectively, these narratives weave an intricate tapestry detailing the minutiae of life on the trail and the multitude of perils that travelers faced: disease, accidents, dangerous weather, nonpotable water, and confrontations with Native Americans. An important, very readable collection recommended for both public and academic libraries, especially those with an interest in Western Americana, social history, women's history, and gender studies.
—Crystal Goldman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806139142
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 819,945
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth L. Holmes (1914–95) was Professor of History at Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) in Monmouth. He edited and compiled the eleven volumes of the Covered Wagon Women series.

Michael L. Tate is Chair of Graduate Studies and Professor of History and Native American Studies at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and the author of The Frontier Army in the Settlement of the West.

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Table of Contents

Introduction   Michael L. Tate     9
Editorial Considerations     22
The Commentaries of Keturah Belknap, 1848     23
Adventures of a Party of Gold-seekers, 1850   Margaret A. Frink     41
Journal of Travails to Oregon, 1851   Amelia Hadley     117
Twin Sisters on the Oregon Trail, 1852   Cecelia Adams   Parthenia Blank     149
Iowa to the Columbia River, 1853   Amelia Knight     195
Trip for the Colorado Mines, 1862   Ellen Tootle     231
A Letter from the Oregon Trail, 1863   Elizabeth Elliott     259
The Journal of Mary Ringo, 1864     265
Index     293
Illustrations
Map of major trails     6
Margaret A. Frink     40
Amelia Knight     194
Grave marker of Martin Ringo     264
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2008

    You almost feel like you were there.

    I am in awe of these women. They speak of baking pies and doing their wash and still they had time to write. What a gift they left for us. Kenneth Holmes' wife is now 90 years old and I have had the privilege of caring for her for the past 5 1/2 years. She is still very beautiful and a sweet spirit. I am also acquainted with her son, Stephen Holmes. He lives in Germany.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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