Book Reviews of Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier

Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier
Pioneer Women Voices from the Kansas Frontier
Author: Joanna L Stratton
ISBN-13: 9780671226114
ISBN-10: 0671226118
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 319
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4.4 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Book Type: Hardcover
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Great chronicle of pioneer days from a woman's point of view.
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Quotes from diaries & letters, also pictures from the Kansas Frontier make this book in interesting read about how life really was on the prairie.
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Interesting read about women's determination and strengh when settleing the west.
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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.
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Joanna Stratton did a marvelous job of incorporating history into her novel about the role of women in the settlement of the Kansas Frontier. The words of those who settled this prairie provide us with details some of would never have thought they encountered like the invasion of grasshoppers covering the ground 4 inches thick, trying to milk a wild cow, an unsuspected ill dressed woman appearing at a home in the night and who it turned out to be, those women whose help by practicing primitive medical service saved the lives of their neighbors, the British gentry's influence on the Kansas prairie as well as the other countries of Europe. It is amazing the education their children received. You shall learn of some of the captains of American industry who received their education in the prairie schools. I enjoyed the descriptions of the day to day life of those who came, faced the hardships with determination, and survived to tell about it.
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In the winter of 1975, Joanna Stratton made a remarkable discovery. In the attic of her grandmother's home, was a set of priceless autobiographical manuscripts written by hundred of pioneer women. Ms. Stratton has rescued these to finish a project started by her great-grandmother.

Never has there been such a detailed record of women's courage or such a living portrait of the women who civilized the frontier. Their personal recollections of prairie fires, locusts plagues, cowboy shoot-outs, Indian raids, and blizzards on the plains portray vividly the dangers of pioneering.

Their work was the work of survival and it demanded as much from them as from their men-whether it found them fashioning clothes out of raw wool or homes out of sod, coaxing vegetables out of the earth or defending their cabins against raids by wolves.

Illustrated with photographs from the period, this is a beautiful, important and fascinating book as well as a priceless contribution to American history.
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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.
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I read a lot of this type and chose to keep this one as a reference book.
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I always enjoy history through the eyes of those who witnessed it and lived it. An excellent source of first-hand accounts of the pioneers.
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Another great book if you love reading published diaries and memoirs of the westward journey. This book has a permanent place in my collection of books.
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This was a very interesting book on the Pioneers. I lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, for 35 years, so heard a lot about the Pioneers who came from Illinois to populate this city. I didn't have any Pioneer stories from my relatives, but I'm still interested in the Pioneer stories. This book has many quotes from Pioneer relatives that make you think "How did these women continue to live in such a hostile place?". A good read on history
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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.

This is a fantastic book of true stories of Pioneer Women. It took 4 generations to write this book. This is the best Pioneer stories by women that I have read and I have read many.