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Pioneer Women - Voices From the Kansas Frontier
Pioneer Women - Voices From the Kansas Frontier Author:Joanna L. Stratton Never has there been such a detailed record of women's courage or such a living portrait of the women who civilized the frontier. Replete with drama, here are stories of wilderness mothers, schoolmarms, Indian squaws, immigrants, homesteaders, and circuit riders. Their personal recollections of prairie fires, locust plagues, cowboy shoot-outs, ... more »Indian raids, and blizzards on the plains portray vividly the dangers and excitement of pioneering. And their intimate remembrances of day-to-day life reveal the special heroism and industriousness of the pioneer women as never before.« less
The author had 600 first-hand accounts of pioneering to draw from as she wrote up this early history of the state of Kansas. As she tells of homesteading on the prairie, the temperance crusade, sufferage (women voted on a state level well before 1900), schools, Indians, and slavery, she weaves in pieces from the women who actually lived it. Very well done.