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Brave hearted : the women of the American West 1836-1880  Cover Image Book Book

Brave hearted : the women of the American West 1836-1880

Hickman, Katie (author.).

Summary: "As the internationally bestselling historian Katie Hickman writes, 'Myth and misunderstanding spring from the American frontier as readily as rye grass from sod, and--like the wiry grass--seem as difficult to weed out and discard.' But the true-life story of women's experiences in the Wild West is more gripping, heart-rending, and stirring than all the movies, novels, folk-legends, and ballads of popular imagination. Hard-drinking, hard-living poker players and prostitutes of the new boom towns; wives and mothers traveling two and a half thousand miles across the prairies in covered-wagon convoys, some of them so poor they walked the entire route; African-American women in search of freedom from slavery; Chinese sex-workers sold openly on the docks of San Francisco; Native American women brutally displaced by the unstoppable tide of white settlers--all were women forced to draw on huge reserves of resilience and courage in the face of tumultuous change. Drawing on letters, diaries, and other extraordinary contemporary accounts, sifting through the legends and the myths, the laws and the treaties, Katie Hickman presents us with cast of unforgettable women: the half Cree, Marguerite McLoughlin, the much-admired "First Lady" of Fort Vancouver; the Presbyterian missionary Narcissa Whitman, who in 1837 became the first white woman to make the overland journey west across the Rocky Mountains; Biddy Mason, the Mississippi slave who fought for her freedom through the courts of California; Olive Oatman, adopted by the Mohave, famous for her facial tattoos. This is the story of the women who participated in the greatest mass migration in American history, transforming their country in the process; a tale brought to life by a brilliant social historian and a dynamic storyteller. This is American history, not as it was romanticized, but as it was lived"--

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  • ISBN: 1954118171
  • ISBN: 9781954118171
  • Physical Description: xxvi, 372 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2022]

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-357) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: "An unheard-of journey for females" -- Fort Vancouver -- Oregon fever -- Jumping off -- The Whitman Mission -- California -- Trapped -- Gold fever -- The mines -- White brothers -- Fort Laramie -- Utopias -- Captives -- Hell on wheels -- Military wives -- Camp followers -- Meanwhile, back in California... -- Strong-heart songs.
Subject: United States History
West (U.S.) History
Pioneers Biography
Women Biography
West United States
Women pioneers
Whitman, Narcissa Prentiss 1808-1847
Oatman, Olive Ann
Mason, Biddy 1818-1891
West (U.S.) History
Women pioneers West (U.S.) Biography
Pioneers West (U.S.) Biography
Women West (U.S.) Biography
Whitman, Narcissa Prentiss 1808-1847
Oatman, Olive Ann
McLoughlin, Marguerite 1775-1860
Mason, Biddy 1818-1891
Genre: Biographies.

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