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Pioneer children on the journey west, Emmy E. Werner

Label
Pioneer children on the journey west
Title
Pioneer children on the journey west
Statement of responsibility
Emmy E. Werner
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Between 1841 and 1865, some forty thousand children participated in the great overland journeys from the banks of the Missouri River to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. In this engaging book, Emmy Werner gives 120 of these young emigrants, ranging from ages four to seventeen, a chance to tell the stories of their journeys west. Incorporating primary materials in the form of diaries, letters, journals, and reminiscences that are by turns humorous and heartrending, the author tells a timeless tale of human resilience. For six months or more, the young travelers traversed two thousand miles of uncharted prairies, deserts, and mountain ranges. Some became part of makeshift families; others adopted the task of keeping younger siblings alive. They encountered strangers who risked their own lives for the youngsters and guides whose erroneous advice led to detours and desolation. The children endured excessive heat and cold and often suffered from cholera, dysentery, fever, and scurvy. They also faced thirst and starvation, cannibalism among famished members of their own parties, kidnappings, and the deaths of family members and friends. From the teenaged Nancy Kelsey, who carried her infant daughter across the Sierra Nevada in 1841, to the survivors of the ill-fated Donner party in 1846-1847, the Gold Rush orphans of 1849, and the youngsters who crossed Death Valley and the southwestern deserts in the 1850s, the eyewitness accounts of these pioneer children speak of fortitude, faith, and invincibility in the face of great odds
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Werner, Emmy E
Dewey number
917.804/1/083
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F596
LC item number
.W467 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pioneer children
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
  • Children
Label
Pioneer children on the journey west, Emmy E. Werner
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-196) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
31328427
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 202 pages
Isbn
9780813320267
Lccn
94038427
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(WaOLN)1638162
Label
Pioneer children on the journey west, Emmy E. Werner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-196) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
31328427
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 202 pages
Isbn
9780813320267
Lccn
94038427
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(WaOLN)1638162

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