Toward the Setting Sun: Pioneer Girls Traveling the Overland Trails

Toward the Setting Sun: Pioneer Girls Traveling the Overland Trails

by Mary Barmeyer O'Brien
     
 

Driven by the promise of prosperity, thousands of men and women traveled west in the mid-1800s. Accompanying them were their children, wide-eyed and excited about the adventures that awaited as they headed toward the setting sun. Little did they know how treacherous and grueling the trip would be. The perils of overland travel forced parents to depend on their

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Driven by the promise of prosperity, thousands of men and women traveled west in the mid-1800s. Accompanying them were their children, wide-eyed and excited about the adventures that awaited as they headed toward the setting sun. Little did they know how treacherous and grueling the trip would be. The perils of overland travel forced parents to depend on their children for survival. Girls were called upon to help cook, set up and break camp, supervise younger siblings, or drive the oxen. Even with the endless chores, many pioneer girls found time to record the details of their journeys. Tales of wild river crossings, laments for lost family and friends, and secrets of friendships made along the way complete their personal stories. These young women bring a unique perspective to the great American migration. Each girl's story is different. For some, such as Sallie Hester, the journey west led to new opportunities and a bright future. For others, such as Catherine Sager and her siblings, the trip brought disaster and grief that could never be forgotten. By focusing on the lives of pioneer girls, author Mary Barmeyer O'Brien provides a fascinating addition to the history of the West. Through diary excerpts and O'Brien's descriptive prose, you can join ten girls as they journey Toward the Setting Sun.

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Children's Literature - Jennifer Moore
Excerpts from diaries and stories passed down from generation to generation are used to tell the stories of nine pioneer girls as they come with their families across the overland trails. The stories tell of both the joys and the hardships of those that were adventurous and determined enough to make this journey. Many of the girls' stories overlap to include the others. This book is a wonderful resource for reading, English and American History teachers as the style, format, and stories themselves are worthy of classroom study.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560448419
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.38(d)

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