Covered Wagon Women, Volume 7
Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1854-1860
Kenneth L. Holmes
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: Bison Books
eBook ISBN: 9780803276901
Some of the women traveling west in the late 1850s were strong
advocates of equal rights for their sex. On the trail, Julia
Archibald Holmes and Hannah Keziah Clapp sensibly wore the "freedom
costume" called bloomers. In 1858 Holmes joined the Pikes Peak gold
rush and was the first woman of record to climb the
famous mountain. Educator Hannah Clapp traveled to
California with a revolver by her side, speaking her mind in a
letter included in this volume, which is also enriched by the trail
diaries of seven other women. Among them were Sarah Sutton, who
died in 1854, just before reaching Oregon's Willamette Valley;
Sarah Maria Mousley, a Mormon woman traveling to Utah in 1857; and
Martha Missouri Moore, who drove thousands of sheep from Missouri
to California with her husband in 1860.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kenneth L. Holmes was a professor of history at Western Oregon State College. He edited and compiled Covered Wagon Women, drawing on archives and private sources.
Introducing this Bison Books edition is Shirley A. Leckie, a history professor at the University of Central Florida and the author of Elizabeth Bacon Custer and the Making of a Myth.