Portland State University. Department of History
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in History
1 online resource (79 p.)
Women -- Psychology, Women -- West (U.S.), Pioneers -- West (U.S.), Overland journeys to the Pacific, Women -- Psychology, Oregon National Historic Trail
This study is an attempt to discover how women participating in the mid-nineteenth century migration to Oregon viewed the westward journey and themselves in relationship to it. It is not a survey of the responses of all women in the westward movement, but, rather, an exploration of the perspective of those women who left a written record of their perceptions or recollections. The thesis focuses on the diaries and reminiscences of women travelling, primarily but not exclusively, in the years 1851-1853.
The introductory material consists of a review of the existing historical literature on women and the West, and a discussion of the methods and assumptions used in the thesis. Following this is a short sketch of the history of the migration to Oregon.
The major part of the thesis is organized around five themes which emerge from women’s diaries and reminiscences.
Kesselman, Amy, "Diaries and reminiscences of women on the Oregon Trail : a study in consciousness" (1974). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 1956.