Diary As History
Lillian Schlissel (essay date 1982)
SOURCE: An introduction to Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey, revised edition, Schocken Books, 1992, pp. 9-17.
[In the introduction to Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey, Schlissel describes nineteenth-century women's diaries as sources for a more complete and accurate history of the American Western expansion.]
[Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey] began with a fascination for the diaries of the overland women, with the detail of their lives and the dramatic dimensions of their everyday existence. These were ordinary women who were caught up in a momentous event of history....
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