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The Gentle Tamers: Women of the Old Wild West

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Dee Brown’s fascinating history of women on America’s western frontier

“Who was the western Woman? What was she like, this gentle yet persistent tamer of the wild land that was the American West?” These are questions that Dee Brown, author of the bestselling Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, sets out to answer in this spirited work of social history. He outlines the many types
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ebook, 308 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Open Road Media (first published 1958)
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Sarah
This was an enjoyable read and very informative. However, there was something about the tone of the writing at times that was a little too "woman as delicate flowers" for my taste. The title seems slightly condescending to me -- women as gentle creatures, angels of the household, rather than being capable of nursing a baby, chopping wood and hogtying a calf. It seems like the title picks up too well on 19th-century/Victorian expectations of gender, when women in the West basically turned those o ...more
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Barb Terpstra
I give this book four starts for Chapter 13, Wyoming Tea Party.

While the entire book was interesting, particularly as how the Westward movement of pioneer men and women liberated women in unexpected ways, the Wyoming chapter really brings it home.

Esther Morris, described as a self-reliant "55 year old lady of great charm, who enjoyed fierce battles and was accustomed to winning them", had a tea party on September 2, 1869. Esther invited 20 influential citizens to her party. Among her guests, two
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Caroline
I'd read Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and loved it, but I found this a bit disappointing. Whilst very interesting, it's overly-simplistic, poorly referenced, and somewhat patronising and sexist. It's also very fragmented, it jumps around in time and place constantly, with no real thematic pattern. I'd probably recommend it to teenagers but not adults.
Sunny
Centipedes, no bathrooms, long weary travels, and scary circumstances, oh my! While there are good and interesting descriptions of history in this book, it comes across as 'how women conquered despite the horrible circumstances, so be proud of them!' Which in turn I think is a disservice to men and women. There's no need to be so cheerleaders or surprised that women managed out West just as men did. 16 pages of black and white photos.
John
I read this book twice. The first time was years ago and it did not impress me a lot. (That says more about me than it says about the book.) Subsequently I read "A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains" by Isabella Bird. Isabella's opinion and experience of western men's "respect for a lady" almost seemed like she was wearing rose colored glasses. Then I read "The Gentle Tamers" again. The two books complement each other. Now I can see that Dee Brown was developing a theme in his book. The theme is ...more
Shelby Winterrowd
An excellent read. I enjoyed all the direct quotes and journal entries from the pioneer women. I liked hearing things in their own words.
John Price
An interesting book about the old west. This is well written and easy to read. If you like western history this should probably on your reading list.
Linda
Eh. Interesting subject sort of cobbled together in an unflowing style.
Susie
I couldn't finish it... just a little too boring for me.
Becky
I read "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" and had expectations for this book which weren't met....so maybe that was the problem for me. Dee Brown divides the chapters by various categories of women including ladies "of easy virtues" and "schoolmars and maternal forces." The information has some very interesting sections, but just didn't hold together for me.
Linda
I found this gem in a used book store, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Filled with factual anecdotes about women who settled the American West, this is one I will keep on my bookshelf for further reference. Fascinating stuff!
CG
Good history of how women influenced the west - what they brought to new settlements, what they endured and how they influenced the communities in which they lived.
Connie
Did not realize what women did in settling the old west. I always thought of the women you saw in TV of western movies. We women did a lot of important things.
Carole
An interesting an informative look at the settling of the western U.S. from the standpoint of the affect and experiences of women.
Lydia Aswolf
A bit dry, but nonetheless a fascinating look at what pioneer women had to contend with as western expansion took place.
Amanda
Interesting book regarding women and how they helped tame the west. Enjoyable and interesting read.
Aimee *just one more page...*
Good for those with an interest in this area of history. I just didn't connect with it.
Danthony74
Oct 11, 2008 Danthony74 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Danthony74 by: Callee Anthony
Enjoyed reading about women of the old west. Quick read.
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Dorris Alexander “Dee” Brown (1908–2002) was a celebrated author of both fiction and nonfiction, whose classic study Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is widely credited with exposing the systematic destruction of American Indian tribes to a world audience. Brown was born in Louisiana and grew up in Arkansas. He worked as a reporter and a printer before enrolling at Arkansas State Teachers College, wh ...more
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