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Frontier Children

“To the history of children, an emerging field that is both challenging and exciting, Frontier Children is a valuable contribution.”

--Pacific Northwest Quarterly


“By all means buy Frontier Children for the pictures...But you may find yourself as interested in the text as in the illustrations. Peavy and Smith combed through hundreds of sources to tell the harrowing, humourous stories of children who participated in many of the same activities as their adult counterparts, but from the parallel universe of childhood."

--Book Talk

“Peppered with letters and diaries written by children and liberally illustrated with photographs of children in their best clothes, or hard at work, this is a book for the entire family to read, look at, savor, and enjoy." 

--American Cowboy

“Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith lead us into two territories that are both intimate and alien. The first is the American frontier, which haunts our memory as a place of national beginnings...The second territory is that of individual origins--our childhoods. We form our personal myths, the stories that explain who we are, through remembered moments from the age of seven or twelve...Like our selected frontier episodes, these personal memories shaped us, we believe; and so they are still with us...The experiences of frontier children are a distinctively American variation of what draws us to all history.” 

--Elliott West