Words West

Words West

Voices of Young Pioneers

Book - 2003
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Among the tens of thousands of pioneers who left home in covered wagons in the 1800s, headed for the West in hopes of fertile land, gold, or escape from religious or racial persecution, some forty thousand were children. Though the hardships and dangers of the trail were many, these children also witnessed the great and wild beauty of the untouched West and became an integral part of U.S. history. In this unique approach to the history of the wagon trail and western expansion, here are the moving stories of these young pioneers, told in their own words through letters home, diaries, and memoirs. Ginger Wadsworth"s clear and well-organized presentation is comprehensive, accessible, and richly illustrated with detailed maps and more than ninety archival photos and prints of life on the trail. Endnotes, bibliography, index.-- (Source of description not identified)
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, ©2003
ISBN: 9780618234752
0618234756
Call Number: j 978 W124w 2003
Characteristics: xiii, 191 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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An estimated 500,000 people traveled the Oregon Trail. About 40,000 of them were children. Read quotes from their letters and journals to learn about their experiences.

Among the tens of thousands of pioneers who left home in covered wagons in the 1800s, headed for the West in hopes of fertile land, gold, or escape from religious or racial persecution, some forty thousand were children.


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