Incredible true stories of the most amazing women in American history They were courageous, resourceful pioneers, enduring and adventurous. They made arduous journeys, carved careers out of the wilderness, defied conventions, and fought for their freedom. They were community leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs. These Outrageous Women of the American Frontier boldly faced the gritty realities of daily life everything from starvation to shootouts'and made their mark in history! Among the outrageous women you'll meet are: * Charlie Parkhurst who disguised herself as a man, drove a stagecoach for twenty years, and was probably the first American woman to vote * Bridget "Biddy" Mason-a former slave who gained her freedom in the 1850s and made enough money to set up several homes for the homeless, sick, and old * Gertrudis Barcelo-Santa Fe's "Gambling Queen" who kept her maiden name, owned her own casino, and helped the United States win the Mexican-American War * Libbie Custer wife of the famous general and a talented writer who chronicled her frontier adventures in books that made her a wealthy woman Also available in the Outrageous Women series... * Outrageous Women of Ancient Times * Outrageous Women of Colonial America * Outrageous Women of the Middle Ages * Outrageous Women of the Renaissance
About the Author
Mary Rodd Furbee is a part-time writing and journalism instructor at West Virginia University School of Journalism. She is the author of several children's books, including Outrageous Women of Colonial America (Wiley).
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION. PART ONE: THE AGE OF CONQUEST (1800 1840S). 1. Sacagawea (1787 18??). 2. Gertrudis Barcelo (18?? 1852). 3. Narcissa Whitman (1808 1847). 4. Juana Briones (1802 1889). PART TWO: THE AGE OF settlement (1840s 1870s). 5. Luzena Stanley Wilson (1821 18??). 6. Eliza Snow (1804 1887). 7. Bridget "Biddy" Mason (1818 1891). 8. Charlie Parkhurst (1812 1879). PART THREE: THE AGE OF EXPANSION (1870s 1900). 9. Martha "Calamity Jane" Cannary (18?? 1903). 10. "Stagecoach" Mary Fields (1832 1914). 11. Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (1844 1891). 12. Libbie Custer (1842 1933). 13. Nellie Cashman (18?? 1925). 14. Evelyn Cameron (1868 1928). Suggested Reading. Credits. Other Outrageous Women of the American Frontier.