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Recollections of a Handcart Pioneer of 1860: A Woman's Life on the Mormon Frontier

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In the summer of 1860, the author of these recollections, then six years old, walked beside her parents handcart from Florence, Nebraska, to Salt Lake City. The family, converts to Mormonism, had left their comfortable home near Bern, Switzerland, to make the long journey to the Mormon Zion. Nearly eighty years later Mary Ann Hafen published this account of her life, giving an unparalleled, candid, inside view of the Mormon womans world.

Called to go with the Swiss Company to settle the "Dixieland" region of southern Utah—a hot, dry, inhospitable land—Mary Ann's family lived in thatch, dugout, and adobe houses they built themselves. While still hardly more than a child, Mary Ann cut wheat with a sickle, gleaned cotton fields, made braided straw hats for barter, and spun and dyed cloth for her dresses. Always sustained by her faith in the church, she took part in a millenarian scheme that failed—a communal order—and entered a polygamous marriage, raising almost single-handedly a large family.

Like Anne Ellis, Elinore Pruitt Stewart, and a handful of other pioneer women of the West, Mary Ann Hafen has left an authentic, matter-of-fact record of poverty, incredibly hard work, and loss of loved ones, but also of pleasures great and small. It is a unique document of a little-known way of life.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803272194
Subtitle:
A Woman's Life on the Mormon Frontier
Author:
Hafen, Mary Ann
Publisher:
Bison Books
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Utah
Subject:
Mormonism
Subject:
Nevada
Subject:
Mormons
Subject:
Nevada Biography.
Subject:
General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
1980
Publication Date:
19830401
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus
Pages:
100
Dimensions:
8.00x5.25x.26 in. .25 lbs.

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