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Frontier Teachers: Stories of Heroic Women of the Old West [NOOK Book]

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Between 1847 and 1858, more than six hundred female teachers traveled across the frontier to provide youngsters with an education, and the numbers grew rapidly in the decades to come. Enduring hardship, the dozen women we meet in these pages demonstrate untold dedication and sacrifice to bring formal education to the Wild West. These women introduced their students to a world of possibilities-and changed America forever. Women like: Olive Mann Isbell and Hannah Clapp, who came to class armed with guns to keep ...
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Frontier Teachers: Stories of Heroic Women of the Old West

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Overview

Between 1847 and 1858, more than six hundred female teachers traveled across the frontier to provide youngsters with an education, and the numbers grew rapidly in the decades to come. Enduring hardship, the dozen women we meet in these pages demonstrate untold dedication and sacrifice to bring formal education to the Wild West. These women introduced their students to a world of possibilities-and changed America forever. Women like: Olive Mann Isbell and Hannah Clapp, who came to class armed with guns to keep students safe from hostile natives, Eliza Mott, who, lacking schoolbooks and supplies, taught the alphabet using the inscriptions on tombstones, Lucia Darling and Mary Gray-McLench, who trekked hundreds of miles through treacherous country to teach children in the most remote regions.
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The last time we saw Chris Enss, in her 2006 A Beautiful Mine, she introduced us to women prospectors in the Old West. In this opus, she offers stirring portraits of some of the 600 women who traveled west to teach the sons and daughters of farmers, miners, and other homesteaders. Like other Enss efforts (she has authored or coauthored more than a dozen feminist histories), Frontier Teachers renders the stories of brave women who tamed the West in their own ways.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762751884
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 10/3/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 342,634
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Chris Enss

Chris Enss is an award-winning screenwriter who has written for television, short subject films, live performances, and for the movies. Enss has done everything from stand-up comedy to working as a stunt person at the Old Tucson Movie Studio. She learned the basics of writing for film and television at the University of Arizona, and she is currently working with Return of the Jedi producer Howard Kazanjian on the movie version of The Cowboy and the Senorita, their biography of western stars Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Her recent books include The Doctor Wore Petticoats, The Lady Was a Gambler, and A Beautiful Mine.

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Table of Contents


Foreword David Sanchez viii Acknowledgments x Introduction xi Sister Blandina Segale: The Outlaw's Teacher 1 Mary Graves Clarke: The Sorrowful Teacher 18 Eliza Mott: The Carson Valley Teacher 27 Anna Webber: The Prairie Teacher 32 Tabitha Brown: The Grandmother Teacher 40 Olive Mann Isbell: The Mission Teacher 50 Lucia Darling: The Montana Teacher 59 Sarah Royce: The Philosopher's Teacher 70 Mary Gray McLench: The Oregon Teacher 80 Sister Mary Russell and the Sisters of Mercy: The Orphans' Teacher 87 Hannah Clapp: The University Teacher 99 Bethenia Owens-Adair: The Student Teacher 110 Appendix 123 Bibliography 134 Index 140 About the Author 144
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