Women's Journals of the Westward Journey Book Summary and Study Guide

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This book is about the women who traveled on the Oregon Trail. Their husbands were farmers (for the most part) who wanted to get free land in Oregon, and some wanted to split off onto the trail to California to get gold. There were also tradesmen (blacksmiths, wagon makers, etc., for example), and there were also a few doctors. Indian attacks weren't as frequent in the first two stages of emigration, but after 1860 (or thereabouts), there were some Indian attacks. One of the women whose journals were published had a problem with Indian attacks once.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   19th century Nationality?    -   American--General History of a journey/colonization?    -   Yes Kind of journey?    -   foot travel

Subjects of this Historical Account

Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Somewhat sympathetic From a certain profession/group?    -   farmers Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Naive


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Midwest    -   Pacific NW    -   California

Writing Style

Part of a series?    -   Yes How much gore?    -   2 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   2 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Book makes you feel...    -   in awe How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players How much romance?    -   1 () Minor characters feature lots of:    -   farmers Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A handful Maps necessary?    -   Necessary maps provided Length of book    -   250-300 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   3 ()

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