High-Spirited Women of the West Book Summary and Study Guide

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Seagraves discusses the accomplishments of ten women who made a difference in the settling of the American West. They came from a variety of backgrounds such as Jessie Fremont, the daughter of a noted Missouri Senator who became the devoted wife of John Charles Fremont, and Sarah Winnemucca, an Indian Princess who fought for the rights of her people.
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Belle Starr exerted her roll as a freewheeling outlaw, cast her vote with a six-shooter while Abigail Scott Duniway fought for women's right to vote. Grace Carpenter Hudson made her mark with an artist's brush while Fanny Stenhouse and Eliza Young rebelled against polygamy. The state of Nevada has Jeanne Elizabeth Wier, a Stanford graduate, to thank for the forming of the Nevada State Historical Society. Helen Jane Stewart followed her husband from ranch to ranch until they bought a ranch in Nevada called Los Vegas. At age 30, and the mother of five children, Helen became a widow when her husband was murdered. She continued bravely and successfully to run their 2,000-acre ranch.

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Plot & Themes

Gender/Class story?    -   woman's story Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   pioneering in countryside Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Politician story?    -   corrupt politician Outdoors story    -   Yes Exploring:    -   colonizing new territory Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Ethnicity    -   White


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails Prairie?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fort/military installation Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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