On Sidesaddles to Heaven: The Women of the Rocky Mountain Mission

On Sidesaddles to Heaven: The Women of the Rocky Mountain Mission

by Laurie Winn Carlson
     
 


Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for Caxton Press

Laurie Winn Carlson analyzes the lives of the first six white women—missionary wives—to cross the Rocky Mountains, offering a fresh and sometimes startling view of these pioneers. At a time when a woman's fortune and future was tied to the man she married, four of the six women

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Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for Caxton Press

Laurie Winn Carlson analyzes the lives of the first six white women—missionary wives—to cross the Rocky Mountains, offering a fresh and sometimes startling view of these pioneers. At a time when a woman's fortune and future was tied to the man she married, four of the six women married virtual strangers, on short notice, with no financial security. Why did they take such a gamble?

Editorial Reviews

Glenda Riley

"Gracefully written, this lively narrative is popular history at its best."—Glenda Riley, President, Western History Association
Robert M. Utley

"Sets the story apart from previous treatments and makes it an engaging, perceptive, and readable treatment."—Robert M. Utley, author of The Lance and the Shield
Victorian Decorating and Lifestyle Magazine

"In addition to giving readers a good sense of these women as real people - not simply stoic helpmates in a great historical drama perpetuated by their missionary husbands - Carlson provides many telling details about aspects of frontier life, such as feminine hygiene, childbearing and sanitary practices, that previous historical accounts have overlooked. This book is a wonderful example of history from a woman's point of view, and it does a fine job of bringing the past vividly to life. Highly recommended."—Victorian Decorating and Lifestyle Magazine
Booknews
The author analyzes the lives of the first six white women<-- >missionary wives<-->to cross the Rocky mountains. Sixteen chapters describe what their lives were like in the 1830's and how they thought and related to other people. Sample topics include a woman's place, marriages of convenience, personal problems, slavery, and the end of the dream. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870043840
Publisher:
Caxton Press
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author


Laurie Winn Carlson is the author of several successful books and was named 1993 Idaho Writer of the Year by the Idaho Writers League. Her articles have been published in several magazines and newspapers. She is a member of the Western Writers of America, Women Writing in the West and served on the Idaho Public Television advisory board. She is a Cheney, Washington resident.

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