Covered Wagon Women, Volume 7: Diaries And Letters From The Western Trails, 1854-1860 by Kenneth L. HolmesCovered Wagon Women, Volume 7: Diaries And Letters From The Western Trails, 1854-1860 by Kenneth L. Holmes

Covered Wagon Women, Volume 7: Diaries And Letters From The Western Trails, 1854-1860

EditorKenneth L. HolmesIntroduction byShirley Anne Leckie

Paperback | September 1, 1998

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Some of the women traveling west in the late 1850s were strong advocates of equal rights for their sex. On the trail, Julia Archibald Holmes and Hannah Keziah Clapp sensibly wore the “freedom costume” called bloomers. In 1858 Holmes joined the Pikes Peak gold rush and was the first woman of record to climb the famous mountain.
 
Educator Hannah Clapp traveled to California with a revolver by her side, speaking her mind in a letter included in this volume, which is also enriched by the trail diaries of seven other women. Among them were Sarah Sutton, who died in 1854, just before reaching Oregon’s Willamette Valley; Sarah Maria Mousley, a Mormon woman traveling to Utah in 1857; and Martha Missouri Moore, who drove thousands of sheep from Missouri to California with her husband in 1860.
Kenneth L. Holmes was a professor of history at Western Oregon State College. He edited and compiled Covered Wagon Women, drawing on archives and private sources. Introducing this Bison Books edition is Shirley A. Leckie, a history professor at the University of Central Florida and the author of Elizabeth Bacon Custer and the Making of...
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Title:Covered Wagon Women, Volume 7: Diaries And Letters From The Western Trails, 1854-1860Format:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.8 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:UNP - Bison BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0803272960

ISBN - 13:9780803272965

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An earthy collection of journals and correspondence by strong-minded women on the frontier trails of the American west in the mid- to late 19th century comprises the body of Covered Wagon Women Volume 7: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1854-1860. Editor Kenneth L. Holmes makes a point of focussing on women who were equal rights advocates, including the case of Julia Archibald Holmes and Hannah Kezia Clapp, who wore the so-called ‘freedom costume.’