Women and Men on the Overland Trail

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Yale University Press, 1979 - History - 281 pages
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This classic book offers a lively and penetrating analysis of what the overland journey was really like for midwestern farm families in the mid-1800s. Through the subtle use of contemporary diaries, memoirs, and even folk songs, John Mack Faragher dispels the common stereotypes of male and female roles and reveals the dynamic of pioneer family relationships. This edition includes a new preface in which Faragher looks back on the social context in which he formulated his original thesis and provides a new supplemental bibliography.

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John Mack Faragher is professor of American history and director of the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders at Yale University.

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