Outrageous Women of the American Frontier

Outrageous Women of the American Frontier

by Mary Rodd Furbee
     
 

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Incredible true stories of the most amazing women in American history

They were courageous, resourceful pioneers, enduring and adventurous. They made arduous journeys, carved careers out of the wilderness, defied conventions, and fought for their freedom. They were community leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs. These Outrageous Women of the American Frontier

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Incredible true stories of the most amazing women in American history

They were courageous, resourceful pioneers, enduring and adventurous. They made arduous journeys, carved careers out of the wilderness, defied conventions, and fought for their freedom. They were community leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs. These Outrageous Women of the American Frontier boldly faced the gritty realities of daily life everything from starvation to shootouts'and made their mark in history!

Among the outrageous women you'll meet are:

• Charlie Parkhurst who disguised herself as a man, drove a stagecoach for twenty years, and was probably the first American woman to vote

• Bridget "Biddy" Mason-a former slave who gained her freedom in the 1850s and made enough money to set up several homes for the homeless, sick, and old

• Gertrudis Barcelo-Santa Fe's "Gambling Queen" who kept her maiden name, owned her own casino, and helped the United States win the Mexican-American War

• Libbie Custer wife of the famous general and a talented writer who chronicled her frontier adventures in books that made her a wealthy woman

Also available in the Outrageous Women series...

• Outrageous Women of Ancient Times

• Outrageous Women of Colonial America

• Outrageous Women of the Middle Ages

• Outrageous Women of the Renaissance

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Outrageous Women is a book about little known women of the West. Although there are a few notable women such as Calamity Jane and Sacagawea, most of the women highlighted have been nameless and lost in history. For example, there was Nellie Cashman who operated restaurants and hotels in Mining Camps and Libbie Custer, the wife of General George Custer. She followed her husband around to live on frontier army posts. Narcissa Whitman became a missionary and teacher. Although the women outlined in this book may not have achieved fame and fortune, they were strong women who were determined to make a life for themselves in the early days of the western frontier. Black-and-white photographs accompany the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471383000
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/14/2002
Series:
Outrageous Women Series , #6
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.52(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Rodd Furbee is a part-time writing and journalism instructor at West Virginia University School of Journalism. She is the author of several children's books, including Outrageous Women of Colonial America (Wiley).

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