Women and Men on the Overland Trail

Women and Men on the Overland Trail This classic book offers a lively and penetrating analysis of what the overland journey was really like for midwestern farm families in the mid s Through the subtle use of contemporary diaries me

  • Title: Women and Men on the Overland Trail
  • Author: John Mack Faragher
  • ISBN: 9780300089240
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Paperback
  • This classic book offers a lively and penetrating analysis of what the overland journey was really like for midwestern farm families in the mid 1800s Through the subtle use of contemporary diaries, memoirs, and even folk songs, John Mack Faragher dispels the common stereotypes of male and female roles and reveals the dynamic of pioneer family relationships This edition iThis classic book offers a lively and penetrating analysis of what the overland journey was really like for midwestern farm families in the mid 1800s Through the subtle use of contemporary diaries, memoirs, and even folk songs, John Mack Faragher dispels the common stereotypes of male and female roles and reveals the dynamic of pioneer family relationships This edition includes a new preface in which Faragher looks back on the social context in which he formulated his original thesis and provides a new supplemental bibliography.Praise for the earlier edition Faragher has made excellent use of the Overland Trail materials, using them to illuminate the society the emigrants left as well as the one they constructed en route His study should be important to a wide range of readers, especially those interested in family history, migration and western history, and women s history Kathryn Kish Sklar An enlightening study American West A helpful study which not only illuminates the daily life of rural Americans but which also begins to compensate for the male orientation of so much of western history Journal of Social History

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    1. The next best thing to taking the trail west with the folks who made the journey in the 1840's and 50's is to read this book.From the comfort of your easy chair you can find out a wealth of detail on the habits and practices of families that put all their hopes and possessions in a rolling wooden box, facing months of walking across a continent for the chance of a better life in California or Oregon.John Faragher first gives us an overview of what life was like on a midwestern farm, so we can se [...]

    2. Women and Men on the Overland Trail Yale University Press Second Edition 1979 Faragher, John MackWith factual information taken from primary source documentation, this book is itself a snapshot of a time hazily recalled by most people. Utilizing the written journals and diaries from a pool of 800 to select from it offers a fair description of what life must have been like on the trails leading west in the years 1840 – 1860. There is perhaps a feminine bias with this methodology since many of t [...]

    3. I loved John Mack Faragher's "History of the American West" at Yale, and I respect his interdisciplinary approach to American western history. This book is well-researched from pioneer diaries, and it was cutting-edge when first published three decades ago

    4. This was really interesting. I had to read if for a history seminar I am taking involving pioneers/explorers/trappers who traveled along the Mormon/Oregon trail(s). It was a great insight into my ancestors.

    5. Basically about what the title says. The book describes the gender rolls and how they morphed and evolved in the process of the western migration of the United states. Really well written.

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