Frontier Teachers: Stories of Heroic Women of the Old West

Frontier Teachers: Stories of Heroic Women of the Old West

by Chris Enss

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Overview

If countless books and movies are to be believed, America’s Wild West was, at heart, a world of cowboys and Indians, sheriffs and gunslingers, scruffy settlers and mountain men—a man’s world. Here, Chris Enss, in the latest of her popular books to take on this stereotype, tells the stories of twelve courageous women who faced down schoolrooms full of children on the open prairies and in the mining towns of the Old West. Between 1847 and 1858, more than 600 women teachers traveled across the untamed frontier to provide youngsters with an education, and the numbers grew rapidly in the decades to come, as women took advantage of one of the few career opportunities for respectable work for ladies of the era. Enduring hardship, the dozen women whose stories are movingly told in the pages of Frontier Teachers demonstrated the utmost dedication and sacrifice necessary to bring formal education to the Wild West. As immortalized in works of art and literature, for many students their women teachers were heroic figures who introduced them to a world of possibilities—and changed America forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762748198
Publisher: TwoDot
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 579,676
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Chris Enss is an award-winning screenwriter who has written for television, short subject films, live performances, and for the movies. Enss has done everything from stand-up comedy to working as a stunt person at the Old Tucson Movie Studio. She learned the basics of writing for film and television at the University of Arizona, and she is currently working with Return of the Jedi producer Howard Kazanjian on the movie version of The Cowboy and the Senorita, their biography of western stars Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Her recent books include The Doctor Wore Petticoats, The Lady Was a Gambler, and A Beautiful Mine.

Table of Contents


Foreword David Sanchez viii Acknowledgments x Introduction xi Sister Blandina Segale: The Outlaw's Teacher 1 Mary Graves Clarke: The Sorrowful Teacher 18 Eliza Mott: The Carson Valley Teacher 27 Anna Webber: The Prairie Teacher 32 Tabitha Brown: The Grandmother Teacher 40 Olive Mann Isbell: The Mission Teacher 50 Lucia Darling: The Montana Teacher 59 Sarah Royce: The Philosopher's Teacher 70 Mary Gray McLench: The Oregon Teacher 80 Sister Mary Russell and the Sisters of Mercy: The Orphans' Teacher 87 Hannah Clapp: The University Teacher 99 Bethenia Owens-Adair: The Student Teacher 110 Appendix 123 Bibliography 134 Index 140 About the Author 144

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