From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-Both of these well-researched titles take a thorough look at a particular aspect of living in the Wild West. Miner explains how the mining industry developed, beginning in the mid-1800s. Diagrams and photos take readers underground to find out how miners spent their time, and the dangers they faced daily are aptly discussed. The rise of labor unions is also touched upon. Women discusses the tribulations pioneer and Native American women faced. Each text is well illustrated with cartoon-style drawings and authentic period photographs. Brandon Miller's Buffalo Gals (Lerner, 1995) delves further into the lives of these rugged women. Suzanne Hilton's Miners, Merchants, and Maids (21st Century, 1995) covers more ground, but is much drier with fewer illustrations than Kalman's books, both of which offer realistic views of life in the old West, hardships and all. Good for report writers and casual readers.Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
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Taken from Chapter 4: Working on a Ranch Women often handled the ranch's accounts. They kept track of animals that were bought and sold and paid the hired hands. They also fed livestock, milked cows, and cleaned out dirty barn stalls. Women branded cattle, plowed fields, and threshed and blaed hay. If a women's husband became ill or died, she was in charge of running the entire ranch.