Monday, December 14, 2020

WOMEN IN THE OLD WEST by Marti Dumas. New York: Scholastic Press, 2021.
48p. True Book series. 
 ISBN 978-053113080-3 hc. Gr. 1-2 NF

Scholastic Press has released several series of classroom books for social studies, STEM 
and science, cultures, and more.  The books are full of photos and easy to read.  Dumas 
begins with "A Crossing of Cultures" and covers four chapters of what women experienced 
while living west of the Mississippi, from 1850 to 1910.  The first settlers traveled west by 
wagon train, taking about 5 months to reach their destination.  Women were responsible for 
cooking and childcare no matter where they settled, and lived with few amenities.  
Becoming very independent, many women owned land or businesses.  Wyoming was the 
first state to give women the right to legally vote.  Dumas also includes information about 
black and Native American women.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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