Women's Voices from the Oregon Trail

Women's Voices from the Oregon Trail

by Susan G Butruille

Paperback(25th Anniversary Edition)

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941890264
Publisher: Epicenter Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Edition description: 25th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 579,454
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

Prelude 3

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

Missouri 131

Kansas 135

Nebraska 142

Wyoming 155

Idaho 172

Washington 186

Oregon 195

Reading Group Discussion Guide 225

Acknowledgments 227

Credits 229

Location of Source Material 233

End Notes 237

Bibliography 243

Index 255

About the Author 269

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