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From a rediscovered collection of autobiographical accounts written by hundreds of Kansas pioneer women in the early twentieth century, Joanna Stratton has created a collection hailed by Newsweek as “uncommonly interesting” and “a remarkable distillation of primary sources.”
Never before has there been such a detailed record of women’s courage, such a living portrait of the women who civilized the American frontier. Here are their stories: wilderness mothers, schoolmarms, Indian squaws, immigrants, homesteaders, and circuit riders. Their personal recollections of prairie fires, locust plagues, cowboy shootouts, Indian raids, and blizzards on the plains vividly reveal the drama, danger and excitement of the pioneer experience.
These were women of relentless determination, whose tenacity helped them to conquer loneliness and privation. Their work was the work of survival, it demanded as much from them as from their men—and at last that partnership has been recognized. “These voices are haunting” (The New York Times Book Review), and they reveal the special heroism and industriousness of pioneer women as never before.
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About the Author
Joanna L. Stratton was born and raised in Washington, DC, but considers Kansas and her family there as her second home. She began her work on Pioneer Women while attending Harvard College, from which she graduated with honors in 1976. She is currently pursuing graduate studies at Stanford University.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Joanna Stratton wrote an incredible book, Pioneer Women. You are surprised, pleased, upset, and afraid for the characters in this book. You feel that you are actually with the group as they travel and settle in the the "wilderness". I have recommended this book to numerous friends and fellow teachers. This is the second copy that I have purchased, having given my copy to a friend to read. She loved it and passed it on! I now have my second copy on my Nook and am reading it once more. (I am a person who seldom reads a book twice.) This one is more than worth the time. If you are a teacher of the Western Movement, there are exciting sections to share with your students. My 8th graders loved it and it brought the adventure of history to life for them. It is a MUST READ.
From the women who lived it.