Covered Wagon Women, Volume 8: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1862-1865

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Overview

The overland trails in the 1860s witnessed the creation of stage stations to facilitate overland travel. These stations, placed every twenty or thirty miles, ensured that travelers would be able to obtain grain for their livestock and food for themselves. They also sped up the process of mail delivery to remote Western outposts. Tragically, the easing of overland travel coincided with renewed conflicts with the Cheyenne and other Plains Indians. The massacre of Black Kettle’s people at Sand Creek instigated two years of bloody reprisals and counterreprisals. "Amid this turmoil and change, these daring women continued to build on the example set by earlier women pioneers. As Harriet Loughary wrote upon her arrival in California, "[after] two thousands of miles in an ox team, making an average of eighteen miles a day enduring privations and dangers . . . When we think of the earliest pioneers . . . we feel an untold gratitude towards them."
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of the West

"This is a work to capture the heart as well as the historical mind. . . . Well worth reading."

Wagon Tracks

"An outstanding collection of primary sources written by women moving west."

Library Journal
Hegel's landmark three-volume history of philosophy was initially published in English between 1892 and 1896. These are the only paperback editions currently available and contain a new introduction by scholar Frederick C. Beiser.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803272972
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Covered Wagon Women Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,302,912
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth L. Holmes was a professor of history at Western Oregon State College. He edited and compiled Covered Wagon Women, drawing on archives and private sources. Introducing this Bison Books edition is Maria Montoya, an assistant professor of history and an assistant professor in the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan.
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