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Covered Wagon Women 1852 The Oregon Trail

Covered Wagon Women  1852  The Oregon Trail Author Kenneth L. Holmes
ISBN-10 0803272944
Release 1995
Pages 320
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V. 1. The women who traveled west in covered wagons during the 1840s speak through these letters and diaries. Here are the voices of Tamsen Donner and young Virginia Reed, members of the ill-fated Donner party; Patty Sessions, the Mormon midwife who delivered five babies on the trail between Omaha and Salt Lake City; Rachel Fisher, who buried both her husband and her little girl before reaching Oregon. Still others make themselves heard, starting out from different places and recording details along the way, from the mundane to the soul-shattering and spirit-lifting.

Covered Wagon Women 1852 The California Trail

Covered Wagon Women  1852  The California Trail Author Kenneth L. Holmes
ISBN-10 080327291X
Release 1995
Pages 303
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In 1852 a record number of women helped keep the wagons rolling over the perilous western trails. The fourth volume of Covered Wagon Women is devoted to families headed for California that year. Diaries and letters of six pioneer women describe the rigors en route, trailside celebrations and tragedies, the scourge of cholera, and encounters with the Indians.

Covered Wagon Women Volume 11

Covered Wagon Women  Volume 11 Author Kenneth L. Holmes
ISBN-10 0803273002
Release 1995
Pages 195
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The stories seem simple?they left, they traveled, they settled?yet the restless westering impulse of Americans created one of the most enduring figures in our frontier pantheon: theøhardy pioneer persevering against all odds. Undeterred by storms, ruthless bandits, towering mountains, and raging epidemics, the women in these volumes suggest why the pioneer represented the highest ideals and aspirations of a young nation. In this concluding volume of the Covered Wagon Women series, we see the final animal-powered overland migrations that were even then yielding to railroad travel and, in a few short years, to the automobile. The diaries and letters resonate with the vigor and spirit that made possible the settling and community-building of the American West.

Covered Wagon Women 1850

Covered Wagon Women  1850 Author Kenneth L. Holmes
ISBN-10 080327274X
Release 1996
Pages 296
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The women who traveled west in covered wagons during the 1840s speak through these letters and diaries. Here are the voices of Tamsen Donner and young Virginia Reed, members of the ill-fated Donner party; Patty Sessions, the Mormon midwife who delivered five babies on the trail between Omaha and Salt Lake City; Rachel Fisher, who buried both her husband and her little girl before reaching Oregon. Still others make themselves heard, starting out from different places and recording details along the way, from the mundane to the soul-shattering and spirit-lifting.

Best of Covered Wagon Women

Best of Covered Wagon Women Author Kenneth L. Holmes
ISBN-10 9780806183015
Release 2011-11-28
Pages 304
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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 characterized the overland experience. Some were written with the skilled pens of educated women. Others bear the marks of crude cabin learning, with archaic and imaginative spelling and a simplicity of expression. All convey the profound effect the westward trek had on these women. For too long these diaries and letters were secreted away in attics and basements or collected dust on the shelves of manuscript collections across the country. Their publication gives us a fresh perspective on the pioneer experience.

Women s Voices from the Oregon Trail

Women s Voices from the Oregon Trail Author Susan G. Butruille
ISBN-10 0963483986
Release 1994
Pages 251
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Tracing the trail and tracking down and writing about places of interest about women: landmarks, statues, signposts, markers, gravestones.

Indians and Emigrants

Indians and Emigrants Author Michael L. Tate
ISBN-10 9780806182049
Release 2014-08-04
Pages 352
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In the first book to focus on relations between Indians and emigrants on the overland trails, Michael L. Tate shows that such encounters were far more often characterized by cooperation than by conflict. Having combed hundreds of unpublished sources and Indian oral traditions, Tate finds Indians and Anglo-Americans continuously trading goods and news with each other, and Indians providing various forms of assistance to overlanders. Tate admits that both sides normally followed their own best interests and ethical standards, which sometimes created distrust. But many acts of kindness by emigrants and by Indians can be attributed to simple human compassion. Not until the mid-1850s did Plains tribes begin to see their independence and cultural traditions threatened by the flood of white travelers. As buffalo herds dwindled and more Indians died from diseases brought by emigrants, violent clashes between wagon trains and Indians became more frequent, and the first Anglo-Indian wars erupted on the plains. Yet, even in the 1860s, Tate finds, friendly encounters were still the rule. Despite thousands of mutually beneficial exchanges between whites and Indians between 1840 and 1870, the image of Plains Indians as the overland pioneers’ worst enemies prevailed in American popular culture. In explaining the persistence of that stereotype, Tate seeks to dispel one of the West’s oldest cultural misunderstandings.

The Lonesome Plains

The Lonesome Plains Author Louis Fairchild
ISBN-10 1585441821
Release 2002
Pages 323
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Loneliness pervaded the lives of pioneers on the American plains, including the empty expanses of West Texas. Most settlers lived in isolation broken only by occasional community gatherings such as funerals and religious revivals. In The Lonesome Plains, Louis Fairchild mines the letters and journals of West Texas settlers, as well as contemporary fiction and poetry, to record the emotions attending solitude and the ways people sought relief. Hungering for neighborliness, people came together in times of misfortune—sickness, accident, and death—and at annual religious services. In fascinating detail, Fairchild describes the practices that grew up around these two focal points of social life. He recounts the building of coffins and preparation of a body for burial, the conflicting emotions of the pain of death and the hope of heaven, the funeral rite itself, the lost and lonely graves. And he tells the story of yearly outdoor revivals: the choice of the meeting site and construction of the arbor or other shelter, the provision of food, the music and emotionally-charged services, and tangential courting and mischief. Loneliness is most recognized as a feature of life in the time of the early West Texas cattle industry, a period of sprawling cattle ranches and legendary cattle drives, roughly from 1867 to 1885. But Fairchild shows that it also characterized the lives of settlers who lived in West Texas from the beginning of permanent settlement of the Texas Panhandle (around 1876) through the population shift that occured around the turn of the century, as farmers and their families supplanted ranchers and their cattle. Fairchild draws on primary materials of the early residents to give voice to the settlers themselves and skillfully weaves a moving picture of life in the open spaces of West Texas during the frontier-rural period of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

A Tale of the Oregon Trail

A Tale of the Oregon Trail Author Carolyn R Scheidies
ISBN-10 9781411690165
Release 2006-04
Pages 54
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Travel the Oregon Trail with Sara, her younger brother and her parents, as they head west from Boston, ride down the Missouri River and follow the Great Platte River Road in an adventure of a lifetime to fulfill their dream to settle in Oregon. (Fiction)

Saleratus Sagebrush

Saleratus   Sagebrush Author Robert Lee Munkres
ISBN-10 1887932909
Release 2003
Pages 336
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The Bidwell-Bartleson party may have been generally forgotten, but the group was the first true emigrant train to cross South Pass. If the memories of these men has dimmed, the road they followed has not, for the route is one of the most famous in the history of human migration-the Oregon Trail. Saleratus & Sagebrush chronicles the journeys of these and many other emigrants on the trails west. Robert Munkres relates the stories about the famous and indispensable Fort Bridger and Fort Laramie, the fork in the road at Soda Springs, women's lives on the trail, the family dog, and tales of Indians, friendly and not-so-friendly are richly enhanced by photographs and several reproductions of works by William Henry Jackson.

To Dance On Sands

To Dance On Sands Author Marta Becket
ISBN-10 9781634176613
Release 2014-11-25
Pages 340
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About Marta Becket . . . "Tears came to my eyes. Marta represented to me the spirit of the individual. The spirit of the theater. The spirit of creativity." -Ray Bradbury, Author "Marta's paintings have a degree of humor and playfulness. The use of color is outstanding and tell of a generosity, talent and skill." -Red Skelton, Comedian/Artist "Long before anybody invented the term performance art, Marta Becket was doing it, in an abandoned opera house in Death Valley Junction. She restored it and it restored her. With serene tenacity, she set down roots, working hard for decades, caring as well for endangered animals, including wild burros, until the world began coming to her." -Boston Globe "Becket's saga epitomizes the eternal struggle of the artist for personal expression." - Chicago Tribune "The forthright artist went on with what essentially was her own private show. She choreographed and performed her own dances, at first to an audience of tumbleweeds. But over the course of years, she painstakingly developed another audience - the Renaissance-looking crowd she painted in elaborate murals to fill her Amargosa Opera House with gawking spectators. Eventually Becket was discovered by living audiences, mostly appreciators of art, who have gone to great lengths to see her work. Becket overcame much and worked hard to get where she is today, a relatively unknown artist in the middle of nowhere. But she loves her unique place in the world." -San Francisco Chronicle "If this were fiction - if Marta Becket were not a real person - then the whole oddball-in-the-desert scenario might seem like something dreamed up by David Lynch. Or Sam Shepard. But Becket is very much the real thing, and she has made quite a name for herself out there in the desert." -Northern California Bohemian "On stage there is a warble to her voice. She is thin, but her expressions are as varied and fluid as shifting sand dunes. To say that Becket was beautiful when she was young, as evidenced by photographs in her program is to do a disservice to the beauty she still holds." -Los Angeles Times "There's something really wonderful about the fact that she picked the most desolate spot in America to do this. It says you can have your life on your own terms, but you'll have to sacrifice. It says the process is the point. And people come away from there inspired." -Todd Robinson, Director, Amargosa "There is indisputably a whiff of eccentricity about Ms. Becket's enterprise. And if one might expect the woman herself - dark haired, trim, with the visible sinews of a dancer - to carry an eccentric air, she doesn't, though there is a faint haughtiness of the artiste about her. Ms. Becket is self-aware, perfectly willing to admit that her shows and her painting have been her obsessions. In explanation of what amounts to her self-imposed exile, she said, 'I couldn't have created another world anyplace else'." -New York Times "Death Valley holds a special mystique for Europeans. You can find them among the locals in the 120-seat house, along with the occasional journalist or ghost-hunter- the place has a reputation for being haunted." -Dance Magazine "Becket's paintings are marvelous and will live long after she is gone. The paintings are worth the long drive." -The Connected Traveler

Wagons West

Wagons West Author Frank McLynn
ISBN-10 0802140637
Release 2004-01
Pages 528
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This is a stirring history of the settling of the American West, from 1840-49, the years between the era of the fur trappers and the beginning of the gold rush.

Surviving the Oregon Trail 1852

Surviving the Oregon Trail  1852 Author Weldon W. Rau
ISBN-10 0874222389
Release 2001-03-01
Pages 244
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The 1852 overland migration was the largest on record, with numbers swelled by Oregon-bound settlers as well as hordes of gold-seekers destined for California. It also was a year in which cholera took a terrible toll in lives. Presented here are firsthand accounts of this fateful year, including the words and thoughts of a young married couple, Mary Ann and Willis Boatman.

With Golden Visions Bright Before Them

With Golden Visions Bright Before Them Author Will Bagley
ISBN-10 9780806187754
Release 2012-10-01
Pages 488
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During the mid-nineteenth century, a quarter of a million travelers—men, women, and children—followed the “road across the plains” to gold rush California. This magnificent chronicle—the second installment of Will Bagley’s sweeping Overland West series—captures the danger, excitement, and heartbreak of America’s first great rush for riches and its enduring consequences. With narrative scope and detail unmatched by earlier histories, With Golden Visions Bright Before Them retells this classic American saga through the voices of the people whose eyewitness testimonies vividly evoke the most dramatic era of westward migration. Traditional histories of the overland roads paint the gold rush migration as a heroic epic of progress that opened new lands and a continental treasure house for the advancement of civilization. Yet, according to Bagley, the transformation of the American West during this period is more complex and contentious than legend pretends. The gold rush epoch witnessed untold suffering and sacrifice, and the trails and their trials were enough to make many people turn back. For America’s Native peoples, the effect of the massive migration was no less than ruinous. The impact that tens of thousands of intruders had on Native peoples and their homelands is at the center of this story, not on its margins. Beautifully written and richly illustrated with photographs and maps, With Golden Visions Bright Before Them continues the saga that began with Bagley’s highly acclaimed, award-winning So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812–1848, hailed by critics as a classic of western history.

West Along the Wagon Road 1852

West Along the Wagon Road 1852 Author Laurie Lawlor
ISBN-10 9780671015510
Release 1998
Pages 182
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The debut of a historical fiction series about the relationship between eleven-year-old "Duck" Scott and her five sisters chronicles their hazardous journeys by wagon train across a young America in search of a place to settle.

Oregon Trail Stories

Oregon Trail Stories Author David Klausmeyer
ISBN-10 076273082X
Release 2003-12-01
Pages 144
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Travel along the Oregon Trail with the pioneers who dared to "face the elephant" as they moved west in search of a new life. Compiled from the trail diaries and memoirs that document this momentous period in American history, Oregon Trail Stories is a fascinating look at the great American migration of the 19th century.

The Oregon Trail Yesterday amp Today

The Oregon Trail  Yesterday  amp  Today Author William Hill
ISBN-10 0870045601
Release 2008
Pages 197
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Here lies a description of the history of the Oregon Trail - from past to present. It is a unique blend of maps, guides, emigrant diaries and journals, old drawings and paintings, together with recent photographs. This book tells the story of the Oregon Trail in an interesting, easy to read manner and is packed with information for everyone -- the armchair traveler, the tourist, the historian and the Oregon Trail buff.