Women’s History Books Cowgirls: Women of the American West



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  1. Cowgirls: Women of the American West American lore has slighted the cowgirl, although at least one can be found in nearly every ranching community. Like her male counterpart, she rides and ropes, understands land and stock, and confronts the elements. Jordan traveled over 60,000 miles in the American West, talking with more than one hundred authentic cowgirls running ranches and performing in rodeos.



  1. Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1840-1849 The women who traveled the west in covered wagons during the 1840s speak through these letters and diaries.




  1. Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1850 The women who traveled west in covered wagons during the 1850s speak through these letters and diaries.




  1. Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1851 This contains the diaries and letters of six Oregon-bound women, as well as the journal of an English Mormon woman who described her experience all the way from Liverpool to Salt Lake City.




  1. Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1852: The California Trail In 1852 a record number of women helped keep the wagons rolling over the perilous western trails. Diaries and letters of six pioneer women describe the rigors en route, trailside celebrations and tragedies, the scourge of cholera, and encounters with the Indians.




  1. Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1852: the Oregon Trail The women who traveled west in covered wagons during the 1850s speak through these letters and diaries.




  1. Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1853-1854 The women who traveled west in covered wagons during the 1850s speak through these letters and diaries.




  1. Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1854-1860 The women who traveled west in covered wagons during the 1850s speak through these letters and diaries.




  1. Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1862-1865 The women who traveled west in covered wagons during the 1860s speak through these letters and diaries.




  1. Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1864-1868 The women who came west in covered wagons during the 1860s speak through these letters and dairies.




  1. Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1875-1883 The women who came west in covered wagons during the 1870s and 1880s speak through these letters and dairies.




  1. Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1879-1903 In this concluding volume we see the final animal-powered overland migrations that were even then yielding to railroad travel, and in a few short years, to the automobile.




  1. Best of the Covered Wagon Women Volume I includes eight first hand accounts that are among the best ever written. They were selected for the power with which they portray the hardship, adventure, and boundless love for friends and family.




  1. Best of the Covered Wagon Women Volume II includes eleven firsthand accounts penned by women in their teens who traveled west between 1846 and 1898. They range in age from eleven to nineteen, unmarried, and without children of their own.




  1. The Female Frontier: a Comparative View of Women on the Prairie and the Plains Riley’s thesis is that it is neither plains nor prairie as such that structured the frontier woman’s life, but rather that the traditional female patterns of domesticity, motherhood, and social responsibilities followed her to her new western home, whether that be crude sod or town frame.




  1. The Wyoming Lynching of Cattle Kate 1889 This story is so controversial that for over 100 years it has been a mistake to even ask what happened that hot July afternoon in 1889 when a gracious young woman and an innocent bystander were hanged from a pine tree in the Sweetwater Valley. Did Cattle Kate barter sex for calves or was she an independent woman ahead of her time that homesteaded in the wrong place?




  1. Women of the West Starting with Sacajawea, this book gives a historical overview of various women pioneers.




  1. The Adventures of the Woman Homesteader: the Life and Letters of Elinore Pruitt Stewart Here is a full and candid portrait of The Woman Homesteader: the illness, disappointments, and grinding hard work that lay behind her genial public persona.




  1. The Gentle Tamers: Women of the West All aspects of western feminine life, which include a good deal about the western male, are covered in this lively, informal, yet factual account of the women who built the West.




  1. Wild Bunch Women Explore the lives of the pistol-packing, hell-raising, high-spirited gals who traveled with Butch Cassidy’s notorious Wild Bunch gang. These women not only made the Wild Bunch’s feats of derring-do possible, but also forged their own legends in the tumultuous American West.




  1. Roses of the West Today’s women enjoy such opportunities for success and prestige in all facets of life that one tends to forget the sisters of the past who made it possible. From escaping the bonds of slavery to opening up the fields of medicine, politics, education, and even cattle ranching, they paved the way for those who followed.




  1. Women’s Indian Captivity Narratives include many fact-based but often transformed by authors or editors into spellbinding adventure stories, sentimental tales, spiritual autobiographies, or anti-Indian propaganda. These ten complete narratives span 1682-1892.


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