Covered Wagon Women, Volume 1: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1840-1849

Covered Wagon Women, Volume 1: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1840-1849

by Kenneth L. Holmes
     
 

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The women who traveled west in covered wagons during the 1840s speak through these letters and diaries. Here are the voices of Tamsen Donner and young Virginia Reed, members of the ill-fated Donner party; Patty Sessions, the Mormon midwife who delivered five babies on the trail between Omaha and Salt Lake City; Rachel Fisher, who buried both her husband and her little… See more details below

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The women who traveled west in covered wagons during the 1840s speak through these letters and diaries. Here are the voices of Tamsen Donner and young Virginia Reed, members of the ill-fated Donner party; Patty Sessions, the Mormon midwife who delivered five babies on the trail between Omaha and Salt Lake City; Rachel Fisher, who buried both her husband and her little girl before reaching Oregon. Still others make themselves heard, starting out from different places and recording details along the way, from the mundane to the soul-shattering and spirit-lifting.

Editorial Reviews

Wagon Tracks
“An outstanding collection of primary sources written by women moving west.”—Wagon Tracks
Pacific Historical Review

Covered Wagon Women is to be valued. . . . First, it brings together in a single edition a major collection of the diaries of overland women. . . . Second, this is probably the most perfectly documented edition a researcher will find.”—Lillian Schlissel, Pacific Historical Review

— Lillian Schlissel

Western Historical Quarterly

“Kenneth L. Holmes made the very wise editorial decision not to update, revise, or parenthetically correct the quirky and often fascinating prose of these nineteenth-century women. . . . The writing is rich with the sounds of common speech and jargon . . . and it should be a gold mine for students of everyday life.”—John Mack Faragher, Western Historical Quarterly

— John Mack Faragher

Western Historical Quarterly - John Mack Faragher
“Kenneth L. Holmes made the very wise editorial decision not to update, revise, or parenthetically correct the quirky and often fascinating prose of these nineteenth-century women. . . . The writing is rich with the sounds of common speech and jargon . . . and it should be a gold mine for students of everyday life.”—John Mack Faragher, Western Historical Quarterly
Pacific Historical Review - Lillian Schlissel
Covered Wagon Women is to be valued. . . . First, it brings together in a single edition a major collection of the diaries of overland women. . . . Second, this is probably the most perfectly documented edition a researcher will find.”—Lillian Schlissel, Pacific Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803272774
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Series:
Latin American Women Writers Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
900,552
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.59(d)

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