Ho For California!: Women's Overland Diaries from the Huntington Library
Edited by: Sandra L. Myres
Category: Western History
Format: 320 pages, 6 x 9, illus., paper
Release Date: 2007-08-13
About this Book
The five diaries presented here reflect the experiences of five different women, on three of the major westward routes in the middle of the nineteenth century—across Panama in 1849, the California or northern route in the 1850s, and the Gila or southern trail in the post-Civil War period. The reader will find neither the sunbonnet saint, striding grimly forward undaunted by the dangers ahead, nor the timorous and reluctant voyager living in dread of Indians and wild beasts. The self-perceptions of these women are as varied as those of male writers, as these diaries vividly illustrate. Women's diaries are comparatively rare, and this book includes five of unusual interest.
About the Author
Sandra L. Myres (1933-1991) was professor of history at the University of Texas, Arlington.
Reviews of Ho for California:
“This well-organized and handsomely designed volume is an important primary resource and a valuable addition to the library of any collector of Western Americana.”—California History
“An excellent presentation of an often overlooked aspect of western emigrant history.”—Utah Historical Quarterly