Some Went West

Overview


Dorothy Johnson, author of The Hanging Tree and Indian Country, describes the great western experience of a number of nineteenth-century women of widely different situations and fates. Some were captured by Indians. Cynthia Ann Parker, assimilated to the Comanche tribe after being captured as a child, was later recaptured by U.S. soldiers who killed her Comanche husband and separated her forever from her sons. Pioneer Fanny Kelly spent five months as a captive of the Sioux; she went on to write a clearheaded ...
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Overview


Dorothy Johnson, author of The Hanging Tree and Indian Country, describes the great western experience of a number of nineteenth-century women of widely different situations and fates. Some were captured by Indians. Cynthia Ann Parker, assimilated to the Comanche tribe after being captured as a child, was later recaptured by U.S. soldiers who killed her Comanche husband and separated her forever from her sons. Pioneer Fanny Kelly spent five months as a captive of the Sioux; she went on to write a clearheaded book about her experiences. Some, like missionary Mary Richardson Walker and the independent Dr. Bethenia Owens-Adair, showed great dedication to their work. Some were adventurous. Molly Slade, fiercely loyal to her ruthless husband, once helped him escape a band of outlaws intent on killing him. The intrepid Isabella Bird reported on her solitary travels in the Wild West, while Army wife Elizabeth Custer rode out with her husband’s cavalry one spring. Others proved their grit as homesteaders. All these women, and more, figure unforgettably in Some Went West.

Describes the lives and varied experiences of some of the many women who traveled across the American West, including Cynthia Ann Parker, Mary Richardson Walker, Harriet Sanders, Maria Virginia Slade, and Elizabeth Custer.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review

“By including a wealth of significant detail and drawing heavily on her heroines’ own stories, the author admirably re-creates the early West from a feminine viewpoint.”—New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803275980
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Virginia Scharff is an associate professor of history at the University of New Mexico and the author of Taking the Wheel: Women and the Coming of the Motor Age.
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Table of Contents

1 Some Were Captured by Indians 1
Cynthia Ann Parker
Fanny Kelly
The German Sisters
2 Some Were Dedicated 36
Mary Richardson Walker
The Sisters of Providence
3 Some Came to Work - and Marry 53
Mercer's Belles
4 Some Were Protected 58
Harriet Sanders
5 Some Married Badmen 76
Electa Plummer
Maria Virginia Slade
6 Some Were Rebels 85
Dr. Bethenia Owens-Adair
7 Some Followed Adventure 100
Isabella Bird
Elizabeth Custer
8 Some Were Idealists 129
Catherine Weldon
9 Some Lived Far from Town 137
Nannie Alderson
Grace Snyder
Postscript
Bibliography
Index
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