“The rarely seen and startlingly vital black-and-white photographs in this volume capture the fortitude and pride of the clear-eyed women of the frontier...Peavy and Smith cut through all the myths of frontier life in their frank and engaging commentary, getting down to cold, gritty facts...A book as fresh and inspring as a bright, breezy day on the plains.”
--American Library Journal
Enriched by more than 200 vintage photographs, Frontier Children explores the faces and scenes of childhood in the nineteenth-century American West. Drawing from a wide range of sources, Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith have brought together stories and images that erase stereotypes and bring to life the infinite variety of the experience of growing up on the western frontier.
“Writing with remarkable grace, Peavy and Smith sketch fascinating portraits of six frontier marriages, paying equal attention to the activities of each spouse...A valuable contribution to the literature on family, on women's history, and on western American history."