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Women of the Frontier

Women of the Frontier

by Charles W. Sundling

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Children's Literature
When exploration of the Louisiana Territory began in early 1840, very few women were recorded as being a part of the wagon trains that headed west. However, by 1900, 800,000 women were living in this new land west of the Mississippi. Although the trip was especially hard for women, many made the trip looking for better lives for themselves and their families. The reader learns about life on the wagon trains, the marriage traditions, and the social life of these pioneer women. Included with the index and glossary is a list of recommended web sites for further research. This is part of a six-volume series entitled "Frontierland." All titles are worthy of elementary and middle school collections. This is an especially good series for those reluctant male readers. 2000, ABDO Publishing,
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Good starting points for children who are studying life in the early West. Sundling explains that cowboys came from many different backgrounds, and describes cattle drives and tools and accessories of the trade. Illustrations include full-color and black-and-white photos and reproductions as well as two maps. Pair this title with Andrew Santella's The Chisholm Trail (Children's, 1997) for a combined social and historical perspective of the life of the cowboy. In Women, the author discusses the reasons for moving West, and the harsh lives women experienced during the trek as well as in their new land. Recreational activities such as reading, dancing, and social events are described. Courtship customs, including dating and marriage, are compared to today's practices. The information is similar to that in Judith Alter's Women of the Old West (Watts, 1989), but Sundling provides a helpful map of the movement west. The black-and-white reproductions add a true sense of history to the writing; unfortunately, the full-color photos of reenactments are not always identified as such, which may mislead children. -Elizabeth Maggio, Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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ABDO Publishing Company
Publication date:
Frontier Land Series
Product dimensions:
8.05(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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