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Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier Paperback – September 17, 1982
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Carolyn See Los Angeles Times Book Review Here are the voices of some of the most wonderful women you can imagine calling out from the past, telling about their lives. And no doubt about it, the 'pioneer women' lived eventful lives. All this is wonderful material, wonderful stuff.
Cleveland Plain Dealer A striking testimonial to the too often overlooked feminine half of the pioneer experience.
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Author Stratton re-discovered the oral histories of 800 Kansas pioneer women collected by her great-grandmother in the 1920s. She has taken this mountain of material and organized it into 15 themes in 15 chapters, giving background on each theme and quoting the pioneer women. For example, one chapter details the long journey to the frontier of Kansas undertaken by many of the women and their families. Blizzards, fatal disease, fear of Indians and other dangers greeted them. Other chapters describe the social life of the pioneer women, the education of their children, frontier churches, and the famous Kansas crusades for suffrage and temperance.
It would also be interesting to read some of the 800 oral histories. The author doesn't tell us where they are or if they are available to the general public. Certainly they should be made available as they are irreplaceable primary sources
The role of women on the frontier has been a popular subject of women writers for two or three decades now. This is one of the better books on the subject -- and one that can be enjoyed by readers of either sex.
Thank you Pioneer Women and thank you Joanna Stratton for sharing these incredible stories!
Stratton's introduction to her book is excellent, providing us with an unusual example of proto-womanism: a rich woman, Lilla Day Monroe (Stratton's grandmother) worked to preserve the words, thoughts and experiences of the hard-scrabble settlers who were the first Anglos to arrive in Kansas. Monroe, publisher of The Kansas Woman's Journal and the first woman in Kansas to be admitted into practice before the Kansas Supreme Court in 1895, began collecting the stories of pioneer women in the 1920's. It was a job that soon mushroomed into an almost insurmountable task. Monroe kept with the project, even at the expense of her health, using the women's experiences to document the growth of Kansas from frigid forbidding land to birthplace of the Temperance movement and stronghold for Suffrage.
The tone of the memories is jarring.Read more ›
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I read this book when it was first published and just reread it. The stories are just as powerful. The accounts of these women share both the challenges and the rewards of their... Read morePublished 5 months ago by mary beth little
My great-grandparents homesteaded in North Central Kansas in 1870. The book helps me to understand what their life was like in those early days in Kansas.Published 6 months ago by Harold
I am interested in pioneer life. This has lots of history on how women lived and worked in 1800-1900. The stories are written by real women, not fictional characters. Read morePublished 7 months ago by margie parcher