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By Kenneth L. Holmes,Shirley Anne Leckie

Some of the ladies touring west within the past due 1850s have been powerful advocates of equivalent rights for his or her intercourse. at the path, Julia Archibald Holmes and Hannah Keziah Clapp sensibly wore the “freedom dress” known as bloomers. In 1858 Holmes joined the Pikes height gold rush and used to be the 1st girl of checklist to climb the famous mountain.
Educator Hannah Clapp traveled to California with a revolver by way of her aspect, talking her brain in a letter incorporated during this quantity, that is additionally enriched by means of the path diaries of 7 different ladies. between them have been Sarah Sutton, who died in 1854, earlier than achieving Oregon’s Willamette Valley; Sarah Maria Mousley, a Mormon lady touring to Utah in 1857; and Martha Missouri Moore, who drove millions of sheep from Missouri to California along with her husband in 1860.

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