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Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey


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ISBN13: 9780805211764
ISBN10: 0805211764
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More than a quarter of a million Americans crossed the continental United States between 1840 and 1870, going west in one of the greatest migrations of modern times. The frontiersmen have become an integral part of our history and folklore, but the Westering experiences of American women are equally central to an accurate picture of what life was like on the frontier.

Through the diaries, letters, and reminiscences of women who participated in this migration, Womens Diaries of the Westward Journey gives us primary source material on the lives of these women, who kept campfires burning with buffalo chips and dried weeds, gave birth to and cared for children along primitive and dangerous roads, drove teams of oxen, picked berries, milked cows, and cooked meals in the middle of a wilderness that was a far cry from the homes they had left back east. Still (and often under the disapproving eyes of their husbands) they found time to write brave letters home or to jot a few weary lines at night into the diaries that continue to enthrall us.

In her new foreword, Professor Mary Clearman Blew explores the enduring fascination with this subject among both historians and the general public, and places Schlissels groundbreaking work into an intriguing historical and cultural context.


An expanded edition of one of the most original and provocative works of American history of the last decade, which documents the pioneering experiences and grit of American frontier women.

About 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 Womens Reader. She lives in New York City.

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Xavier Small, July 20, 2012 (view all comments by Xavier Small)
The strength of the women is incredible. The hardships as well as the laughter are wonderfully told.
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krocsky, December 14, 2006 (view all comments by krocsky)
Quick read, very interesting. Author analyzes frontier womens diaries and compares how women documented their experiences along the trail vs how men document them. The fact that the actual diaries are included lends authenticity to this work.
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Schlissel, Lillian
Blew, Mary Clearman
Introduction by:
Blew, Mary Clearman
Blew, Mary Clearman
Schlissel, Lillian
Schlissel, Lillian
Schocken Books Inc
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Women's Studies - History
United States - 19th Century
West (U.S.) History 1860-1890.
Overland journeys to the pacific
US History-19th Century
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
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Trade paper
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9 x 6 x 0.8 in 1 lb

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» History and Social Science » Americana » Frontier Women
» History and Social Science » Americana » Western States
» History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
» History and Social Science » Pacific Northwest » Diaries and Memoirs
» History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century

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