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American Tribal Religions #3: Down the Santa Fe Trail and Into Mexico: The Diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin, 1846-1847
American Tribal Religions #3: Down the Santa Fe Trail and Into Mexico: The Diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin, 1846-1847
by Susan Shel Magoffin
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In June 1846 Susan Shelby Magoffin, eighteen years old and a bride of less than eight months, set out with her husband, a veteran Santa Fe trader, on a trek from Independence, Missouri, through New Mexico and south to Chihuahua. Her travel journal was... (read more)

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Letters of a Woman Homesteader (Women of the West)
Letters of a Woman Homesteader (Women of the West)
by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
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Elinore Pruitt, a widow and mother who washed clothes for a living in Denver, planned to work as a housekeeper for some rancher while learning all she would need to know about homesteading a place for herself. In 1909 she went to work for Clyde... (read more)

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A Victorian Gentlewoman in the Far West: The Reminiscences of Mary Hallock Foote
A Victorian Gentlewoman in the Far West: The Reminiscences of Mary Hallock Foote
by Mary Hallock Foote
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Starting with her nostalgically remembered childhood on a Quaker farm on the Hudson River, Mary Hallock Foote tells the story of her training as an artist in the 1860s and of her marriage to a mining engineer whose jobs took the young couple west in the... (read more)

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Covered Wagon Women Volume 4
Covered Wagon Women Volume 4
by Kenneth L Holmes
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In 1852 a record number of women helped keep the wagons rolling over the perilous western trails. The fourth volume of Covered Wagon Women is devoted to families headed for California that year. Diaries and letters of six pioneer women describe the... (read more)

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High-Spirited Women of the West (Women of the West)
High-Spirited Women of the West (Women of the West)
by Anne Seagraves
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Profiles of ten courageous women who helped shape history are told in this inspiring and entertaining book. These high-spirited women left conventional roles behind, becoming America's early feminists. Some were bold and rebellious like Belle Starr and... (read more)

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Wild West Women
Wild West Women
by Rosemary Neering
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This book tells the stories of the strong and independent women who worked as madams, prospectors, hunters, and horse tamers in the Wild West.... (read more)

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Covered Wagon Women Volume 6
Covered Wagon Women Volume 6
by Kenneth Holmes
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“We traveled this forenoon over the roughest and most desolate piece of ground that was ever made,” wrote Amelia Knight during her 1853 wagon train journey to Oregon. Some of the parties who traveled with Knight were propelled by religious... (read more)

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Many Tender Ties: Women in Fur-trade Society, 1670-1870
Many Tender Ties: Women in Fur-trade Society, 1670-1870
by Sylvia Van Kirk
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Beginning with the founding of the Hudsons Bay Company in 1670, the fur trade dominated the development of the Canadian west. Although detailed accounts of the fur-trade era have appeared, until recently the rich social history has been ignored. In this... (read more)

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Covered Wagon Women Volume 3
Covered Wagon Women Volume 3
by Kenneth L Holmes
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The wagon trains to California greatly decreased in 1851 as reports of deadly cholera on the trail the year before and strikeouts in gold prospecting became known. Those who did go west—about 2,160 men and 1,440 women—tended toward... (read more)

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Letters of a Woman Homesteader
Letters of a Woman Homesteader
by Elinore P Stewart
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"Peopled with the kinds of characters most novelists only dream of"(Christian Science Monitor), this classic account of American frontier living captures the rambunctious spirit of a pioneer who set out in 1909 to prove that a woman could ranch. Stewart... (read more)

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Covered Wagon Women Volume 1
Covered Wagon Women Volume 1
by Kenneth L Holmes
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The women who traveled west in covered wagons during the 1840s speak through these letters and diaries. Here are the voices of Tamsen Donner and young Virginia Reed, members of the ill-fated Donner party; Patty Sessions, the Mormon midwife who delivered... (read more)

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Pioneer Doctor: The Story of a Woman's Work
Pioneer Doctor: The Story of a Woman's Work
by Mari Grana
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When Mollie stepped off the train in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1890, she knew she had to start a new life. She'd left her husband and his medical practice behind in Iowa, and with only a few hundred dollars in her pocket and a great deal of pride, she set... (read more)

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Westering Women and the Frontier Experience, 1800-1915 (Histories of the American Frontier)
Westering Women and the Frontier Experience, 1800-1915 (Histories of the American Frontier)
by Sandra L Myres
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Myres uses extensive source material by and about women to study the impact of the frontier on women's lives and the role of women in the West.... (read more)

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Mollie: The Journal of Mollie Dorsey Sanford in Nebraska and Colorado Territories, 1857-1866
Mollie: The Journal of Mollie Dorsey Sanford in Nebraska and Colorado Territories, 1857-1866
by Mollie Dorsey Sanford
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Mollie is a vivid, high-spirited, and intensely feminine account of city people homesteading in the raw, new land west of the Missouri. More particularly, it is the story of Mollie herself—just turned eighteen when the Dorseys left... (read more)

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Tomboy Bride: A Woman's Personal Account of Life in Mining Camps of the West
Tomboy Bride: A Woman's Personal Account of Life in Mining Camps of the West
by Harriet Backus
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Harriet Backus writes about her life as an assayer's wife and true pioneer of the West with heart-felt emotion and vivid detail. Sharing her amusing and often challenging experiences as a new bride in the high San Juan Mountains where the Tomboy Mine... (read more)

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Outlasting the Trail: The Story of a Woman's Journey West
Outlasting the Trail: The Story of a Woman's Journey West
by Mary Barmey Obrien
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When Mary Rockwood Powers left her comfortable home in Wisconsin in 1846 with her doctor husband and three children, she was a reluctant emigrant. Like many women of her time, her fate lay not in her hands but in those of her husband, and she was forced... (read more)

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Life of an Ordinary Woman
Life of an Ordinary Woman
by Anne Ellis
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In Anne Ellis, readers will discover the perfect blend of the ordinary and the extraordinary, a pioneer who, "like the most valued of friends, is a woman of wry wit, plain courage, keen perceptions" (Molly Gloss). Powerfully conjuring up the world of the... (read more)

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Gilded Girls: Women Entertainers of the Old West
Gilded Girls: Women Entertainers of the Old West
by Jo Ann Chartier
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The curtain rises and authors JoAnn Chartier and Chris Enss shine the spotlight on 14 entertaining women who sang, danced, acted in plays, performed equestrienne feats, and captured the hearts of the miners and homesteaders of the Frontier West. These... (read more)

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Covered Wagon Women Volume 2
Covered Wagon Women Volume 2
by Kenneth L Holmes
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The women who traveled west in covered wagons during the 1840s speak through these letters and diaries. Here are the voices of Tamsen Donner and young Virginia Reed, members of the ill-fated Donner party; Patty Sessions, the Mormon midwife who delivered... (read more)

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Blue Tattoo (09 Edition)
Blue Tattoo (09 Edition)
by Margot Mifflin
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In 1851 Olive Oatman was a thirteen-year-old pioneer traveling west toward Zion with her Mormon family. Within a decade, she was a white Indian with a chin tattoo, caught between cultures. The Blue Tattoo tells the harrowing story of this forgotten... (read more)

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