In Women's Voices from the Oregon Trail, Susan Butruille artfully narrates the lives and struggles of the women who followed the 2,000-mile trail to Oregon 175 years ago. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition not only retraces the women's journeys, but also brings their narratives to life in diary, song, history, poetry, quilts, and recipes. Beginning with the Midwestern farms where most of the women were from--and where so many started their journey by squeezing their families' lives into the tiny space inside a covered wagon--Susan follows their trek step by step.
These women toiled across unforgiving landscapes, braving dangerous rivers and mountain passes, prairie storms and disease, to reach the strange and bountiful land where a new home was supposed to await. The author herself retraces this trail as it is today in Guide to Women's History Along the Oregon Trail, documenting where to find the markers, signposts, landmarks, and historical sites that still show the lasting impact of the brave women who uprooted their lives to heed the call of Oregon Fever.
|Publisher:||Epicenter Press, Incorporated|
|Edition description:||25th Anniversary Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)|
About the Author
Susan G. Butruille's writing career began with a fishing column in Alaska. Following the Oregon Trail book, she wrote Women's Voices from the Western Frontier, and Women's Voices from the Mother Lode: Tales from the California Gold Rush, plus articles, histories, film scripts, and Recipe For Justice: The Readers Theatre Suffrage Play. The author has taken her dramatic-musical presentations, workshops, and speeches from the Oregon Trail to Washington, D.C. to France. She wrote the script for the film Bound For Oregon, featured at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City, and cofounded the annual Dangerous Women productions in Leavenworth, Washington.
Table of Contents
Part I Women's Voices from the Oregon Trail 1
Chapter 1 The Oregon Trail in Place and Time 11
Chapter 2 Who Were These Women? 24
Chapter 3 Oregon Fever! 43
Chapter 4 Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot? Who'll Provide Your Table? 56
Chapter 5 The Journey; Where Is Home? 71
Chapter 6 The Promised Land; Where Is Home? 102
Postlude, 1993 117
Afterword, 2018 121
Part II A Guide to Women's History Along the Oregon Trail 127
Author's note 128
Reading Group Discussion Guide 225
Location of Source Material 233
End Notes 237
About the Author 269