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Women and Men on the Overland Trail

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  4 reviews
This classic book offers a lively and penetrating analysis of what the overland journey was really like for midwestern farm families in the mid-1800s. Through the subtle use of contemporary diaries, memoirs, and even folk songs, John Mack Faragher dispels the common stereotypes of male and female roles and reveals the dynamic of pioneer family relationships. This edition i ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 322 pages
Published March 11th 2001 by Yale University Press (first published 1979)
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Rey Dekker
Women and Men on the Overland Trail Yale University Press Second Edition 1979 Faragher, John Mack

With factual information taken from primary source documentation, this book is itself a snapshot of a time hazily recalled by most people. Utilizing the written journals and diaries from a pool of 800 to select from it offers a fair description of what life must have been like on the trails leading west in the years 1840 – 1860. There is perhaps a feminine bias with this methodology since many of the
Jun 09, 2007 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any Johnny Mack fans out there
I loved John Mack Faragher's "History of the American West" at Yale, and I respect his interdisciplinary approach to American western history. This book is well-researched from pioneer diaries, and it was cutting-edge when first published three decades ago...
This was really interesting. I had to read if for a history seminar I am taking involving pioneers/explorers/trappers who traveled along the Mormon/Oregon trail(s). It was a great insight into my ancestors.
Rebecca Radnor
Basically about what the title says. The book describes the gender rolls and how they morphed and evolved in the process of the western migration of the United states. Really well written.
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