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Author: Lillian Schlissel
ISBN13: 978-0805207477
Title: Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey
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Language: English
Category: Americas
Publisher: Schocken; Enlarged edition edition (September 13, 1987)
Pages: 278

Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey by Lillian Schlissel

The women's diaries were very interesting, but less than half of the book is devoted to them. The first half reads like poorly organized notes for a college paper. I was surprised that it was written by a Professor Emerita. Lillian Schlissel is professor emerita of Brooklyn College-CUNY, where she was director of American studies. Her books include Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey; Far From Home: Families of the Westward Journey, written with Byrd Gibbens and Elizabeth Hampsten, Western Women, Their Land, Their Lives; and Western Women’s Reader (with Catherine Lavender).

Through the diaries, letters, and reminiscences of women who participated in this migration, Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey gives us primary source material on the lives of these women, who kept campfires burning with buffalo chips and dried weeds, gave birth to and cared for children along primitive and dangerous roads, drove teams of oxen, picked berries, milked cows, and cooked. meals in the middle of a wilderness that was a far cry from the homes they had left back east  . Excellent book written from women's actual diaries. Pioneer women that traveled westward about 1820-1850.

The latest book about pioneer women I read is an exploration of women’s diaries and what they tell us about those who travelled the westward trails across America to Oregon and California in the 1840s and 1850s.

Personal Name: Schlissel, Lillian. Uniform Title: Studies in the life of women. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners. Download book Women's diaries of the westward journey, Lillian Schlissel ; preface by Carl N. Degler.

An excellent compilation of diaries of women traveling by covered wagons in the 1800s. Great Book! By Thriftbooks. com User, October 27, 2002. One of the best and entertainment history books that I have ever read.

Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey by Lillian Schlissel–Great excerpts from diaries of women pioneers during the Manifest Destiny period of our country–a very exciting time without feminist man-haters, gender-based affirmative action, and Cindy Sheehan. Women wore skirts, rode horses, and owned and used guns. And yes, I’m proud to say, the author is my distant cousin.

by Schlissel, Lillian. Publication date 1982. Topics Overland journeys to the Pacific, Women. Publisher New York : Schocken Books. Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Contributor Internet Archive. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by Alethea Bowser on December 13, 2011.

Lillian Schlissel is Professor Emerita at Brooklyn College. She lives in New York City. Category: 19th Century . People Who Read Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey Also Read. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

More than a quarter of a million Americans crossed the continental United States between 1840 and 1870 in one of the greatest migrations of modern times. Frontiersmen have become part of the legend, but pioneering was in fact, a family matter, and the westering experiences of American women are central to an accurate picture of what life was like on the frontier.

"These chronicles of women show an aspect of the westward saga seldom seen before and never in such depth. It is a revelation of the lives and minds of women...on this historic trek....Absorbing, informative, sobering reading. This is 'history as the stuff of daily struggle.'" (Edmund Fuller, The Wall Street Journal)

Reviews: 7
This is a slightly more academic book (which is why it didn't get 5 stars), but should be interesting for a range of adult or older teen readers.

There are several extended quotes of diaries at the back of the book (definitely not the whole diary), and snippets throughout the chapters, but most of the writing is the author explaining things to the reader.

There are also pictures of some of the diary writers who are quoted. (Why do they always look stern?)

The hardships these women (families) went through are incredible, physical and mental.
Think of camping on the open plains for 5 months,
finding food & water from the land (or sometimes indians),
being sick (and for many people, dying) with no doctor, medicine, or hospital around,
and since many women travelled while pregnant - giving birth in a covered wagon, then moving on the next day.

Many travelled with children, some of whom died & had to be buried, never to visit their grave again. In some cases, people were buried under the trail, so the grave would be obliterated and the indians wouldn't know where to dig to get their clothing.
A rather dull book about a very interesting subject! What did the pioneer women who participated in the great American emigration West think and feel? What were their responsibilities? What were their fears and worries? Did most of the women actually want to leave family and friends for free land? Were they drawn West by the gold rush or silver mining? Just how accurate were the accounts and maps they received? The author seemed to be writing for an audience of academic researchers.
Wow! Certainly opened my eyes about the emigrants who crossed the plains. For folks who might be planning on gathering a prepper community, I would strongly suggest that you get this book and read it carefully. Read about the organization or lack thereof. Even where the wagon train communities consisted of extended family they often broke apart and different members went their own ways. The privation and hardship make you really respect the toughness of the people who undertook the arduous trip across the plains.
I actually bought this book for the second time as the first copy accidentally went to the used book store when we moved. I LOVE this book. I first read it 20 years ago and it was so eye-opening. For 20 years I've wanted to take a trip following the Oregon Trail because of this book and this summer I am finally doing it. It also prompted me to purchase the Covered Wagon Women series. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in the emigrant trails.
The stark simplicity of diary entries, written by pioneer women and edited by Lillian Schlissel, is breathtaking. I can't imagine how these ladies (and ladies they were!) survived such an ordeal: hard work, physical discomfort, frequent illness, injury and even death, often scanty food and water. Imagine, being so overwhelmed with endless chores that you lose track of one or more of your own children! Unfortunately, it happened, and the little ones didn't always get found again.

Schlissel fills in some of the omissions in the stories of the prim and proper Victorian ladies: how did they deal with things like childbirth, periods, or relieving oneself when there wasn't a privy to be had for hundreds of miles? These are the kinds of things they don't teach you in history classes.

For some of the diarists, going West was a marvelous adventure. For others, it was an ordeal they had to endure because their husbands or fathers wanted to go, and the women did not feel they had any other choice. This book is a marvelous window into the thoughts and feelings of our pioneer fore-mothers. The journal entries, combined with photographs from this period, make for a fascinating read.
I purchased this book to read more about Jane Gould Tourtillot, who, it turns out, was my great-grandfather's aunt by marriage. For me, this book provided a glimpse into her world, and by extension, my world. I can't imagine riding a wagon or walking for miles wearing a long-sleeved, long dress in scorching heat. Or, for that matter, preparing meals, being pregnant, taking care of children, or burying a loved one on the side of the road. But these women did all these things in stride. Modern women focus on what women weren't able to do in the 19th century but this book shows that women have always been strong, brave and capable. It's a wonderful book which you will enjoy for years to come.
Excellent book written from women's actual diaries. Pioneer women that traveled westward about 1820-1850. History and stories that are interesting and give one a unique view of life during that time in the US.
Professor Schlissel compiles a narrative of the "woman's sphere" during the migration to Oregon and California in the mid-1800's. Women had a very different viewpoint of the journey. They were expected perform their usual routine of preparing meals, washing clothes, and caring for children while also gathering fuel for their cooking fires, driving the teams when necessary, and maintaining their female modesty on open countryside. They were more concerned with relational values, and although initially fearful of Indians, usually ended up finding them friendly and often helpful.
Prof. Schlissel has used the diaries and letters of these women to draw a picture of their daily lives and concerns during the journey.