|Plot Summary of Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier|
|"This is a collection of personal accounts, set down in often work-worn hands, from Kansas women who braved the pioneer years of settling in the United States. These combined historical stories bring to light such incidents as women having babies alone, except for others of their small children and a family dog, within the unsanitary walls of a sod house. Their daily trials often included prairie fires, hoards of grasshoppers that devoured every thing in sight, Indian raids and blizzards.
They arrived on the Kansas Plains in every shape, dress size and social attitude as well as education or the lack of it. They were mothers and wives, schoolmarms and Indian squaws. Some were immigrants, new to the country. Some arrived as new brides, or were married shortly after coming to Kansas with a wedding in the morning and a garden to plant in the afternoon. Some of these women, finding the homesteading life not to their liking turned to outlawry or, as towns grew, turned to working in saloons and prostitution. In direct opposite of these, some fought to do away with the saloons and drinking, while others fought another battle, that of the right of women to vote.
Mary Trotter Kion, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
- woman's story
Kind of living:
- pioneering in countryside
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 9 ()
- 19th century
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
- in awe
Commentary on society?
- justice system
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
Is this a biography of several people?
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
- A lot 11-15 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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Joanna L. Stratton Resident Scholar Profiles|
Mary Trotter Kion
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