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Stories of Young Pioneers: In Their Own Words Paperback – June 15, 2000
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Gr. 6-9. This lengthy, thorough book relies on diaries and memoirs to bring to life the experience of traveling westward in the mid-nineteenth century. The trip was arduous, but also adventurous, and as Kimball examines the experience, facet by facet, readers will begin to sense what an amazing feat moving west really was. About half the travelers were under 18, and it is their youthful memories that tell the story--though many of the actual accounts were written when the participants were much older. Kimball organizes her material around a series of logical topics: preparing for the trip; life on the trail; danger and disease; encounters with Native Americans; and settling down, to name a few. She also addresses pioneer prejudices against Native Americans and maintains that during the time these trails were widely used, most Indians were friendly. Though not a title young people are likely to read on their own, this can provide valuable curriculum support, and history teachers may find that selected details can spark a lively lesson. Extensive bibliography included. Denise Wilms
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"This lengthy, thorough book relies on diaries and memoirs to bring to life the experience of traveling westward in the mid-nineteenth century."
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I think this is an unprecedented work and has no equal anywhere.
To be sure she could catch the flavor of the pioneer experience she even traversed every inch of the three major pioneer trails, sometimes riding and sometimes walking.
This magnificent compilation of references is the result of researching over 500 documents including letters, diaries, and news reports. An exhaustive piece of research!
I marveled at the fourteen-year-old boy who was cutting timber in 1845, hauling it nine miles, then boating it across a river.
I laughed at the way eleven-year-old Edwin Petit dressed up as a girl (in Huckleberry-Finn fashion) to stow away on a wagon train. I was awed by the courage of youngsters like the Sager children who became orphans once when their parents died, on the trail in 1844, and again a few years later when Narcissa and Marcus Whitman, who had adopted them, were killed.
Many of the children's writings begin with "I can see," or "I can still see", then they paint the most vivid pictures of "shimmering heat waves", dark masses of buffalo", and "empty plains with their rolling land waves". They were incredibly literate and poetic in their descriptions.
I spent 37 years in public school work, as a teacher, and later as a counselor, and it is my opinion that this book should be found in every school library, both elementary and secondary. Many adults will also love it, as I do. My hat is off to Mrs. Kimball for a job well done.
Richard Rogers, Ed.D
I appreciated how the author incorporated all three trails--The Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails--and that the illustrations enhance the history by putting us there on the trail. She must have had to pare down mounds and mounds of material to create an exciting narrative.
I wanted more, more: I wanted to know more about the brave youngsters like eight year old Nicolean Bertlesen who had to stop in St. Louis and earn money to complete her journey, and those like the orphaned Sager children who were adopted by Marcus and Narcissa Whitman; and orphaned again when the Whitmans were killed by the Cayuse.
This author has done a great job getting a variety of quotes and using original quotes from those outstanding young pioneers.
I was also interested to read that apparently the Mormons were friendly to the Indians, and helped them. They also, apparently prohibited the killing of bison for sport while others slaughtered them "by the thousands". This statement was immediately followed by an account of a herd of bison being driven off of a cliff by a party on the Mormon trail.
This book is Ms. Kimball's book, not the book of Young Pioneers "In their own words"... they are her words. She cherry-picks small pieces (sometimes as small as a single sentence) from various diaries about the Oregon, California and Mormon trails in order to prove her points.
I appreciate her effort, and the book is well written, for what it is. But it is not history. Not by any stretch of the imagination.