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The Gentle Tamers

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A fascinating history of women on America's western frontier by the #1 New York Times - bestselling author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

Popular culture has taught us to picture the Old West as a land of men, whether it's the lone hero on horseback or crowds of card players in a rough-and-tumble saloon. But the taming of the frontier involved plenty of women, too - and this book tells their stories.

At first, female pioneers were indeed rare - when the town of Denver was founded in 1859, there were only five women among a population of almost a thousand. But the adventurers arrived, slowly but surely. There was Frances Grummond, a sheltered Southern girl who married a Yankee and traveled with him out west, only to lose him in a massacre. Esther Morris, a dignified middle-aged lady, held a tea party in South Pass City, Wyoming, that would play a role in the long, slow battle for women's suffrage. Josephine Meeker, an Oberlin College graduate, was determined to educate the Colorado Indians - but was captured by the Ute. And young Virginia Reed, only thirteen, set out for California as part of a group that would become known as the Donner Party.

With tales of notables such as Elizabeth Custer, Carry Nation, and Lola Montez, this social history touches upon many familiar topics - from the early Mormons to the gold rush to the dawn of the railroads - with a new perspective. This enlightening and entertaining book goes beyond characters like Calamity Jane to reveal the true diversity of the great western migration of the nineteenth century.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dee Brown including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

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Hardback Editions

April 1973 : UK Hardback

Title: Gentle Tamers: Women of the Old West
Author(s): Dee Brown
ISBN: 0-214-66868-1 / 978-0-214-66868-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Barrie & Jenkins
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Paperback Editions

September 1981 : USA Paperback

Title: The Gentle Tamers: Women of the Old Wild West
Author(s): Dee Brown
ISBN: 0-8032-5025-8 / 978-0-8032-5025-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bison Books
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Kindle Editions

October 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Gentle Tamers: Women of the Old Wild West (Women of the West)
Author(s): Dee Brown
Publisher: Open Road Media
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