|Plot Summary of Frontier Women: Civilizing the West 1840-1880 |
Julie Roy Jeffrey analyzes how wives and mothers experienced the journey west during the middle of the 19th Century. Jeffrey breaks the book into three parts. She discusses the actual wagon journeys on the California Trail, Santa Fe Trail and the Oregon Trail in great detail. Her focus is on women's experiences during the journey. Jeffrey mentions the jobs that women had on the trail and the gender roles that governed their relationships in wagon companies. Jeffrey uses personal letters and diaries as the source for most of her information. She also uses these sources to present women's feelings about the journey and the men that they were traveling with. The other two sections of the book deal with the events that made families decide to move west. Jeffrey mentions the role women had in the decision making process and the influence they had over their husbands. Jeffrey also analyzes the jobs that women took on the farm, when they arrived on new land in the west. She looks at the new responsibilities women had to take on in order to get a farm started and she also shows the reader the ways in which families maintained traditional gender roles in a new environment.
This synopsis report prepared by Mark Simpson
|Chapter Analysis of Frontier Women: Civilizing the West 1840-1880 |
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Kind Of History
Time of history:
- 19th century
History of a people?
History of a journey/colonization?
Kind of journey?
- foot travel
Subjects of this Historical Account
Religion? (if plays a major part)
Ethnicity (if plays a major part)
Is the portrayal sympathetic?
- Somewhat sympathetic
From a certain profession/group?
Intelligence of subject of
If applicable, liberal/conservative?
- Historian is very liberal
How much gore?
- 2 ()
How fast-paced is the book?
- 5 ()
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel...
How much focus on stories of individuals?
- Focuses on brief history of a lot of players
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
Minor characters feature lots of:
Is this a kid's book?
- Ages 16-Adult
- A handful
- Not enough maps
Length of book
- 250-300 pages
How much emphasis on small details?
- 4 ()
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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