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The diaries and letters of women who braved the overland trails during the great nineteenth-century westward migration are treasured documents in the study of the American West. These eight firsthand accounts are among the best ever written. They were selected for the power with which they portray the hardship, adventure, and boundless love for friends and family that char ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by University of Oklahoma Press
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This is an amazing book, but after a while the stories of hardship & privation lose their appeal. These are the journals of 9 women who traveled to either California or Oregon between 1849 & 1864. Two of the women were pregnant on the journey west & neither one ever once mentioned the fact in her diary. They all regard the Indians as interlopers & dirty savages, never mind the fact that the pioneers are encroaching on the Indians' territory.
How on earth did they do it? Daily enteries of five women on journey during 1850 to California. The drugery, death "passed 16 graves today etc), presence of Indians. Seemed to get 12 - 15 miles a day. Interesting also since just traveled through the areas and kept saying "Glad I wasn't a pioneer."