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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2020 10:07 p.m. PST

"Americans were obsessed with the West then, and they still are. But when we think of frontier legends, we tend to picture grizzled cowboys pointing shiny guns. If we see a woman at all, it's a pretty, helpless schoolteacher or that fast-talking dancer at the local brothel.

But what was life REALLY like for women on the rugged frontier?

What prompted Victorian-era ladies to journey into such wild, unknown lands? And what kind of lives did they find once they got there? What about the women who were ALREADY there—say, Native American women, or Mexican ones? …"
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