Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey

Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey

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by Lillian Schlissel
     
 

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More than a quarter of a million Americans crossed the continental United States between 1840 and 1870 in one of the greatest migrations of modern times. Frontiersmen have become part of the legend, but pioneering was in fact, a family matter, and the westering experiences of American women are central to an accurate picture of what life was like on the…  See more details below

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More than a quarter of a million Americans crossed the continental United States between 1840 and 1870 in one of the greatest migrations of modern times. Frontiersmen have become part of the legend, but pioneering was in fact, a family matter, and the westering experiences of American women are central to an accurate picture of what life was like on the frontier.

"These chronicles of women show an aspect of the westward saga seldom seen before and never in such depth. It is a revelation of the lives and minds of women...on this historic trek....Absorbing, informative, sobering reading. This is 'history as the stuff of daily struggle.'" (Edmund Fuller, The Wall Street Journal)

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School Library Journal
YA-- A revised edition of Schlissel's 1982 book (Schocken) about the journey westward in mid-19th-century America from the point of view of the women involved. Readers will find first-person narrations by the women themselves after an extensive (160 pages) introduction that not only sets the scene, but also adequately describes the trials and tribulations on this difficult journey. The author has added an entry from the diary of a 16-year-old bride that presents a lighter side of the trek. A worthwhile addition not only for frontier studies but also for its perspective on women's issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805207477
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1982
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
272

Meet the Author

Lillian Schlissel is Professor Emerita at Brooklyn College. She is the coeditor of Far from Home: Families of the Westward Journey and of The Western Women’s Reader. She lives in New York City.

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