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Complete with actual advertisements from both women seeking husbands and males seeking brides, "Hearts West includes twelve stories of courageous mail order brides and their exploits. Some were fortunate enough to marry good men and live happily ever after; still others found themselves in desperate situations that robbed them of their youth and sometimes their lives.
Desperate to strike it rich during the Gold Rush, men sacrificed many creature comforts. Only after they arrived did some of them realize how much they missed female companionship.
One way for men living on the frontier to meet women was through subscriptions to heart-and-hand clubs. The men received newspapers with information, and sometimes photographs, about women, with whom they corresponded. Eventually, a man might convince a woman to join him in the West, and in matrimony. Social status, political connections, money, companionship, or security were often considered more than love in these arrangements.
Title: Hearts West
Illustrator: Reg. Price: $10.95
Categories: Women's Studies,
Publisher: Falcon: 06/01/2005
ISBN Number: 076272756X
ISBN Number 13: 9780762727568
Book Details: 128 pages, 6 x 9, paperback, Falcon
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 72756X
Description: WANTED: A girl who will love, honest, true and not sour;a nice little cooing dove, and willing to work in flour.
Desperate to strike it rich during the Gold Rush, thousands of men traveled West to the emerging frontier, where they outnumbered women twelve to one. Only after they arrived did some of them realize how much they missed female companionship.
Hearts West brings to life true stories of mail-order brides of the Gold Rush era. Some found soul mates; others found themselves in desperate situations. Complete with the actual hearts-and-hands personal advertisements that began some of the long-distance courtships, this fascinating book provides an up-close look at the leap of faith these men and women were willing to take.