Portland State University. Department of History
Date of Publication
Master of Arts (M.A.) in History
Women -- Psychology, Women -- West (U.S.), Pioneers -- West (U.S.), Overland journeys to the Pacific, Women -- Psychology, Oregon National Historic Trail
1 online resource (79 p.)
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.
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Kesselman, Amy, "Diaries and reminiscences of women on the Oregon Trail : a study in consciousness" (1974). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 1956.