Pioneer Women: The Lives of Women on the Frontier

Pioneer Women: The Lives of Women on the Frontier Review

Pioneer Women provides a rare look at frontier life through the eyes of the pioneer women who settled the American West. Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith vividly describe the hardships such women endured journeying west and making homes and communities on the frontier. Their hopes and fears and, most of all, their courage in the face of adversity are revealed in excerpts from journals, letters, and oral histories. Illustrated with a fascinating collection of seldom-seen photographs, Pioneer Women reveals the faces as well as the voices of women who lived on the frontier.

The authors portray a wide variety of women, from those who found liberty and confidence in undertaking "men’s work" to those who felt burdened by the wind, the weather, and the struggle of frontier life.

Title:Pioneer Women: The Lives of Women on the Frontier
Edition Language:English

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  • Rachel

    This is a short book but it took me forever to read. At first I felt bad about that, thinking that it was because I'm so lazy that even reading about pioneers makes me exhausted, but as it turns out t...

  • Rose Ann

    A not particularly well-done overview of the lives of women as the country was being settled. ...

  • Melinda

    This book is a wonderful mix of pictures and stories about the women who helped settle and civilize the west. Interestingly divided into :the journey west (how they really traveled in those wagons!), ...

  • Marta

    I picked up this book in Montana just after returning from backpacking in Tetons. It was a fitting and tremendously enjoyable read in that setting - campfire, outdoors, Yellowstone, in the land where ...

  • Shelly

    Delivered exactly what I wanted to learn. Comprehensive presentation that included a large amount of actual writings from pioneer women's own pens, interesting portraits and also "on-the-scene" photog...

  • Holly Weiss

    The roles women played in the American Western Pioneer experience. The book is full of poignant and amusing photos of real women who more than held up their end of keeping their families together as t...

  • Kelly Bania

    Picked this up on a trip to Arizona. I liked the idea of the book because our educational system is not set up to acknowledge women had any part of the formation of any society, but as women make up m...

  • Kipahni

    I generally shy away from anything to do with old west. Perhaps it is the overstimulization from growing up in the kansas/oklahoma region. From The wilders to the Creek and Osage indians I just found ...

  • Carolina

    This book is excellent for anyone interested in an overview of American Westward expansion. Unlike most books on this subject, the focus is on the women of the West and what they did to help shape the...

  • Liz Ellis

    I thought the photos were awesome and showed the mud and filth in which the women worked and lived on the prairie. The stories were also candid and told personal stories.Had a hard time with the autho...