Author:Compiled and edited by Kenneth L. Holmes

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Covered Wagon Women, Volume 2: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1850

By: Compiled and edited by Kenneth L. Holmes

Price: $16.95

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press: 1996

Seller ID: 27274X

ISBN: 080327274X

Condition: 296 pages, Illus., paperback, University of Nebraska Press


The women who traveled west in covered wagons during the 1840s speak through these letters and diaries. Here are the voices of Tamsen Donner and young Virginia Reed, members of the ill-fated Donner party; Patty Sessions, the Mormon midwife who delivered five babies on the trail between Omaha and Salt Lake City; Rachel Fisher, who buried both her husband and her little girl before reaching Oregon. Still others make themselves heard, starting out from different places and ... View more info

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Covered Wagon Women, Volume 3: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1851

By: Compiled and edited by Kenneth L. Holmes

Price: $15.95

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press: 1996

Seller ID: 272871

ISBN: 0-8032-7287-1

Condition: 291 pages, Illus., paperback, University of Nebraska Press


Expectations of gold, rich farmland, and healthful climate propelled some fifty thousand overlanders. Among the women making the trip west to California and Oregon in 1850 were six whose diaries and letters give distinction to the second volume of Covered Wagon Women. Margaret A. Frink notes the scarcity of women in the army of grizzled fortune seekers. Her extended journal is "one of the classics of American history," according to Kenneth L. Holmes. Frink descri... View more info