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One method to explore the history of Salt Lake City is to read the journals of some of the early Mormon residents. Some of these journals have become relatively widely available through publication or availability through online digital libraries.
One such rendition is the journal of Martha Spence Haywood and her telling of her life between 1850 and 1856. Her account includes her overland journey from New York City to the new settlement of Salt Lake City, her recounts of social status of women in early Salt Lake City, some of memories of her world travels prior to settlement in Salt Lake, and her newfound love of the concept of home and both her contentment and anguish of motherhood.
Her journal is an account of life on the frontier and all the hardships it entails, including delivering her first child in the middle of winter in a wagon box, as accounts of sickness and death of friends and relatives, as well as opinions about intellectualism and the need for such pursuits such as theater and schooling.
There is very little personal reflection about these events but when she does reflect about her situating or her past it is incredibly insightful about the general state of women in the mid nineteenth century as well as personal feelings of the specific situation. She writes of the death of her second child with both factual statements and heartfelt emotion.
Juanita Brooks does a marvelous job of editing the journal by adding footnotes to clarify events or to note discernments with other sources.
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Review: Not by Bread Alone: The Journal of Martha Spence Haywood, 1850-56User Review - Goodreads
A most touching autobiographical account of a neglected polygamist wife; her hardships, sorrows, and joys. Martha was a remarkably strong woman who endured nobly Read full review
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