Into a new country : eight remarkable women of the West

by Ketchum, Liza, 1946-

Format: Print Book 2000
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Non-Fiction Collection j F596.K45 2000
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Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  j F596.K45 2000
Penn Hills Library Juvenile j 978 KET
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Collection  Juvenile
Call Number  j 978 KET
The history of the West has traditionally been presented in terms of the accomplishments of men. We now realize that women also played an essential role in the great changes that swept this country, as the West became the destinations of one of the greatest migrations in world history. Here are the stories of eight women from different backgrounds who exemplify the challenges and the opportunities women found as they participated in the westward expansion. Among them Susan Magoffin who journeyed down the Santa Fe trail; Lotta Crabtree who began her career as a child dancing in the camps of gold miners and wound up a nationally known celebrity; Bridget "Biddy" Mason who escaped slavery and eventually became one of the richest women in Los Angeles. Also featured are Susan LaFleche who championed the disregarded rights of Native Americans and Mary Tape, who fought discrimination against the Chinese that was so prevalent at the time. Into a New Country is a book rich in detail and adventure. It issure to be used repeatedly by young people interested in women's contributions to our common history.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6^-12. Not famous leaders or men, but eight pioneer women are the heroes in this collective biography about the historic American West. In fact, readers will wonder why they didn't know about these amazing people before. Ketchum weaves the individual biographies with the general history of the time: the first woman physician in the Pacific Northwest; the Omaha Indian sisters who fought for their people's rights; the slave who demanded her freedom in California and became one of the wealthiest--and most generous--women in Los Angeles; the Chinese orphan who came to California as a child and later fought for her own children's civil rights; the Canadian woman who explored the Klondike; and more. Ketchum chose individuals who left some written records, including diaries, letters, newspaper accounts. Her narrative is clear and direct, not reverential, but certainly admiring of the brave women who went so far. --Hazel Rochman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Women pioneers -- West (U.S.) -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.) -- Juvenile literature.
Women -- Biography.
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.)
West (U.S.) -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
West (U.S.) -- Biography.
Publisher Boston :Little, Brown,2000
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 135 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
ISBN 0316495972 (hc)
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