Pioneer Women Voices from the Kansas Frontier

ISBN-10: 0671447483

ISBN-13: 9780671447489

Edition: 1982

Authors: Joanna Stratton, Arthur M. Schlesinger

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From a rediscovered collection of priceless autobiographical accounts written by hundreds of pioneer women, Joanna Stratton has made a remarkable and widely celebrated book. Never before has there been such a detailed record of women's courage, such a living portrait of the women who civilized the American frontier. Here are their stories: wilderness mothers, schoolmarms, Indian squaws, immigrants, homesteaders, and circuit riders. Their personal recollections of prairie fires, locust plagues, cowboy shootouts, Indian raids, and blizzards on the plains vividly reveal the drama, danger and excitement of the pioneer experience. These were women of relentless determination, whose tenacity helped them to conquer loneliness and privation. Their work was the work of survival, it demanded as much from them as from their men -- and at last that partnership has been recognized. "These voices are haunting"(New York Times Book Review),and they reveal the special heroism and industriousness of pioneer women as never before.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 1982
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 9/17/1982
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Joanna L. Stratton was born and raised in Washington, DC, but considers Kansas and her family there as her second home. She began her work on Pioneer Women while attending Harvard College, from which she graduated with honors in 1976. She is currently pursuing graduate studies at Stanford University.

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. is renowned as a historian, a public intellectual, & a political activist. He served as a special assistant to President John F. Kennedy; won two Pulitzer Prizes, in 1946 for "The Age of Jackson" & in 1966 for "A Thousand Days," & in 1998 was the recipient of the National Humanities Medal. He lives in New York City.

Introduction
Foreword
To the Stars Through the Wilderness: The Journey
Homes of Puncheon, Homes of Sod: The Settlement
Aprons and Plows: Daily Life on the Prairie
Days of Valor: Fighting the Wild
Days of Darkness: Fighting the Elements
The Clashing of Cultures: Indians
A Social People
A Prairie Childhood
Classrooms and Schoolmarms
The Frontier Church
The Frontier Town
The Cow Town
The Immigrant Community: Victoria
The Wounds of War
The Woman Crusaders: Temperance and Suffrage
Appendix: Guide to the Lilla Day Monroe Collection of Pioneer Stories
Bibliography
Index
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