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Woman on the American Frontier

William Worthington Fowler

Book Overview: 

Many books describe the role of men during American history. However, at the same time, women did much: comforted, fought, helped, raised children, and much more. This book is full of mini-biographies of women in many places, and many ages- each chapter telling about a different subject.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .mer, and threading the dense growth of plum and hazel bushes which skirted the prairie, stealthily climbed the eastern declivity of Mount Pleasant, and cast their eyes over the extensive prairie-country which stretches from that point far to the north. Every movement that took place upon their field of vision was carefully noted day by day. The prairie was the campus martius where an army of braves had assembled, and were playing their rugged games and performing their warlike evolutions. Every day new accessions of warriors were hailed by those already assembled, with terrific war-whoops, which, striking the face of Mount Pleasant, were echoed and re-echoed till it seemed as if a myriad of yelling demons were celebrating the orgies of the infernal pit.

To the hardy scouts these well-known yells, so terrible to softer ears, were only martial music which woke a keener watchfulness and strung their iron nerves to a stronger tension. Though well aware of the ferocity . . . Read More

Community Reviews

The book has been fascinating to read. The lives of the women that came before us and forged a way into the wilderness that we now call home is beyond imagination. I always wondered what it would be like to have been a pioneer, and the experiences of the women in this book tell it all. Stories fr...more

Although I am quite aware that this book was written more than a century ago, and that the opinions and human feeling toward other races were quite different at that time, I was still rather bothered by the intense bashing of the Native American in this book. It was also fraught with a great deal...more