Women's Voices from the Oregon Trail
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Women's Voices from the Oregon Trail

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This powerful book narrates the lives and evokes the voices of the women who traveled the 2,000-mile trail to Oregon 150 years ago. The author then retraces the trail as it is today, showing where to find markers, signposts, landmarks and historical sites.
Paperback, 251 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Tamarack Books (first published June 1994)
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Georgene
Sep 10, 2012 Georgene rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Georgene by: Jennifer Saks & Laury Shmitt
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The first 141 pages were interesting. The author used entries from the diaries of women who traveled the Oregon Trail. These were interspersed with observations the author made as she traveled the same route in the comfort of her own automobile. The next 84 pages covers the present days stops along the trail that the interested person could visit if they wish to follow the trail from Independence, MO to Vancouver, WA or Oregon City, OR. The final 26 pages are acknowledgements, reference material...more
Sandy (WI girl at heart)
Just finished Susan G. Butruille's book "Women's Voices from the Oregon Trail. Nice little book from the perspective of someone tracing the actual trail by doing it with her mother in a car.

Loved the quotes form some of the actual women who completed the Oregon Tail trek. Good stories included and the book was actually interesting enough for me to complete.

Would I recommend this book to others: yes. Would I read it again, no but I would seek out other books like this to read. Our American histor...more
Jenn
A story of women's hardships on the trail from the middle of nowhere to the edge of it. The author uses a simple storytelling style and lets women's journals do much of the speaking for the emigrants themselves. The second half of the book gives detailed information on historic places to stop along the trial if you were interested in reenacting the trek yourself (with all the modern convinces of cars, restaurants, and hotels!) Fascinating reading!
Emily
Loved reading about women on the Oregon Trail. Especially loved the details about how the women prepared for the trip. And the stats on how many women were pregnant when they left or got pregnant on the trail. Honestly its amazing anyone survived the journey.
Beth
What better way to learn about a woman's perspective on the trail than by reading personal accounts taken from journals?
Sacha
Quick read. Second half is a state by state guide to the Oregon trail.
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I cannot comprehend the strength and determination of these women. They are my inspiration!
Kae Cheatham
Well done with interesting history. Some of the actual journal entries are eye-openers.
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