Great chronicle of pioneer days from a woman's point of view.
Quotes from diaries & letters, also pictures from the Kansas Frontier make this book in interesting read about how life really was on the prairie.
Interesting read about women's determination and strengh when settleing the west.
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.
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.