Outrageous Women of the American Frontier by Mary Rodd Furbee

By Mary Rodd Furbee

Outstanding actual tales of the main striking girls in American history

They have been brave, imaginitive pioneers, enduring and adventurous. They made exhausting trips, carved careers out of the wasteland, defied conventions, and fought for his or her freedom. They have been group leaders, artists, and marketers. those Outrageous girls of the yank Frontier boldly confronted the gritty realities of day-by-day life?everything from hunger to shootouts?and made their mark in history!

one of the outrageous girls you?ll meet are:
* Charlie Parkhurst?who disguised herself as a guy, drove a stagecoach for 20 years, and used to be most likely the 1st American girl to vote
* Bridget "Biddy" Mason?a former slave who received her freedom within the 1850s and made sufficient cash to establish numerous houses for the homeless, unwell, and old
* Gertrudis Barcelo?Santa Fe?s "Gambling Queen" who stored her maiden identify, owned her personal on line casino, and helped the us win the Mexican-American War
* Libbie Custer?wife of the recognized basic and a skilled author who chronicled her frontier adventures in books that made her a prosperous woman

additionally on hand within the Outrageous ladies series...
* Outrageous ladies of historical Times
* Outrageous ladies of Colonial America
* Outrageous ladies of the center Ages
* Outrageous girls of the Renaissance

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The Mormons of Salt Lake were doing so well that Eliza spearheaded forty-three donner party settlers perished in the sierra nevada. qxd 12/27/01 7:13 AM Page 56 an effort to bring in new converts. Mostly immigrants from Britain and Scandinavia, these folks were too poor to afford even a wagon. Three thousand Mormons pulled and pushed wooden carts across the frontier to Salt Lake City between 1856 and 1860. With no children of her own to raise, Eliza threw herself into her leadership role. The highest position a Mormon woman could hold was president of the Relief Society, and Eliza didn’t hesitate to exert influence.

The separation was granted, and Juana was free. The newly liberated señora continued to do a brisk business and lead a lively social life. Traders from Boston exchanged manufactured goods for Juana’s cowhides (called California banknotes). European and American guests attended parties at Juana’s home during carnival and festival times. Juana’s lively daughters, who liked to play games of catch with confetti-filled eggs, drew a bevy of suitors. In 1846, great changes shook California. The United States wrested California from Mexico, and two years later gold was discovered in Sutter’s Mill.

In desperation, a few small groups set off through the snow-covered mountains, but only 7 people made it—2 men and 5 women. Only when the 7 staggered into civilization were rescue parties hastily organized. Conditions were so terrible, though, that even some of the rescuers died trying to save the Donner party. Survivor Virginia Reed Murphy was only 12 that horrible winter, but years later she wrote a heartrending memoir of the ordeal and the dramatic rescue of the survivors. You might like to read the book, which is titled Across the Plains in the Donner Party.

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