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Stories of young pioneers in their own words
Kimball, Violet T.
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Publication Information:
Missoula, Mont. : Mountain Press Pub. Co, [2000]

Physical Description:
vii, 225 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 23 cm
Margaret McNeil (Ballard) -- Moses Shallenberger -- Eliza Ann McAuley (Egbert) -- Lizzy Flake (Rowan) -- Welborn Beeson -- Abigail Scott (Duniway) -- Donner and Reed children -- Charles Frederick True -- Sager children.
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F593 .K54 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Most people know about the hardships and dangers the pioneers encountered on the Emigrant Trail in the mid-nineteenth century. What they may not consider, however, is the strength and courage of pioneer children in the face of these difficulties. In Stori

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Gr. 6^-9. This lengthy, thorough book relies on diaries and memoirs to bring to life the experience of traveling westward in the mid-nineteenth century. The trip was arduous, but also adventurous, and as Kimball examines the experience, facet by facet, readers will begin to sense what an amazing feat moving west really was. About half the travelers were under 18, and it is their youthful memories that tell the story--though many of the actual accounts were written when the participants were much older. Kimball organizes her material around a series of logical topics: preparing for the trip; life on the trail; danger and disease; encounters with Native Americans; and settling down, to name a few. She also addresses pioneer prejudices against Native Americans and maintains that during the time these trails were widely used, most Indians were friendly. Though not a title young people are likely to read on their own, this can provide valuable curriculum support, and history teachers may find that selected details can spark a lively lesson. Extensive bibliography included. --Denise Wilms