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A Widow's Tale: The 1884-1896 Diary of Helen Mar Kimball Whitney (Life Writings of Frontier Women, Vol. 6) (Life Writings Frontier Women) Hardcover – October 1, 2003

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"Three characteristics of a great diary are: (1) daily entries that report events in the writer's personal life in some detail: (2) comments and opinions on those events; and (3) commentary on public events that touch the writer for some reason. If either those public or private events involve historical personages with a certain amount of celebrity value, so much the better. This diary has it all. A unique and irreplaceable document, it has treasures in every paragraph."

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Product Details

  • Series: Life Writings Frontier Women (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 902 pages
  • Publisher: Utah State University Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874215579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874215571
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,340,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent primary source of L.D.S. history and Utah history during the1880-90's. It is also a window into the soul of Mormonism by one of its important 19th century characters. It is notable for what it leaves out (1890 manifesto) as well as for what it includes. (L.D.S.-Gentile conflict)
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To anyone who wonders what it would have been like to be one of the women who was sealed to Joseph Smith, this is a very interesting book. The book is actually a journal which is written in the end of her life. The stuggles of a widdow in pioneer times were really tough, but she worked through them. The entries get a little long because she is older and is sick quite a bit of the time. For those who know downtown Salt Lake, it is fun to trace in your mind her travels and wonder at the strong historical cornerstones of the LDS faith that she meets. This is a good book for both LDS and non-LDS readers as it really shows how live was lived in those time.
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