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Frontier children
Peavy, Linda S.
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Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [1999]

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xi, 164 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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Enriched by over 200 vintage photographs, Frontier Children is a visual and verbal montage of childhood in the nineteenth-century West. From a wide range of primary and secondary sources, Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith, well known for their books on western women, have brought together stories and images that erase the stereotypes and bring to life the infinite variety of the experience of growing up in the American West.

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Booklist Review

Probably one of the most neglected subjects relating to the American frontier is the children. This is surprising in that children were as integral a part of frontier life as adults, and to a large extent they were a major incentive for many of the families seeking a better future there. Written records and journals are a necessary component of historic research, but in the case of children, especially Indians and African Americans, such resources are virtually nonexistent. Despite this limitation, the authors have been able to reconstruct stories of children on the frontier from later-life memories and from oral history transcripts. They have wisely verified, when possible, the accuracy of their sources, for such reports are often heavily filtered through the passage of time and thus misleading. Excellent use is made of photographic evidence, which is quite extensive. Reproduced in this volume are more than 200 vintage photographs as well as several line illustrations. All of the many facets of the frontier experience are examined in relation to how they affected the world of children. --Fred Egloff

Library Journal Review

In this latest collaboration between Peavy and Smith (Pioneer Women; Women in Waiting in the Westward Movement), the pair shift their focus to children and coming of age in the late 19th- and early 20th-century American West. The resulting work is less analytical than Elliott West's Growing Up with the Country (Univ. of New Mexico, 1998). Instead, it centers on nearly 200 engaging and captivating period photographs of children at work or play, drawn from a variety of libraries and collections. The well-written text, which is based primarily on secondary sources, is ably supported by the visuals. A particularly noteworthy feature of this book is the coverage given to children of color. Another bonus is that sidebars discussing issues ranging from Indian schools to clothing are included. Providing a unique window on a historical aspect of childhood, this book will appeal to a wide segment of readers.√ĄDaniel D. Liestman, Kansas State Univ. Lib., Manhattan (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Elliott West
Forewordp. ix
An Infinite Variety: Childhood on the Frontierp. 3
Ebb and Flow: Frontier Children on the Movep. 15
Homes and Habitats: Frontier Children and Their Environmentp. 39
The Family Circle: Frontier Children within the Homep. 61
Blurred Boundaries: Frontier Children at Work and Playp. 89
All the World's a School: The Education of Frontier Childrenp. 115
Passages: Coming of Age on the Frontierp. 137
Notesp. 149
Indexp. 176