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Best of Covered Wagon Women: Emigrant Girls on the Overland Trails
The diaries and letters of women on the overland trails in the mid- to late nineteenth century are treasured documents. These eleven selections drawn from the multivolume Covered Wagon Women series present the best first-person trail accounts penned by women in their teens who traveled west between 1846 and 1898. Ranging in age from eleven to nineteen, unmarried and withou ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 21st 2010 by University of Oklahoma Press
(first published April 1st 2008)
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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."