Women of the Klondike

Women of the Klondike

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Women played a critical role during the gold rush, and this is the only book that brings to light the stories of these diverse women. Backhouse delves into the lives of women -- entrepreneurs, nuns, doctors, nurses, journalists, and dancehall entertainers among them -- who were caught up in the gold rush and lived amazing lives. Through letters, journals, newspaper accounts, and personal interviews, Backhouse explores all of their untold stories. Some were reckless dreamers who headed north alone. Others were looking for fortunes, or husbands. Still others went to the Klondike to gain professional recognition. Many women found that conditions were vastly worse than they had expected -- Lillian Oliver noted that scarcely a day passed during her trip to Dawson when she did not see a wooden cross marking the grave of a fellow traveller. Other women found success in the Klondike -- Mrs. John N. Horne struck gold and commissioned a gold washboard broach in honour of the profession that had once supported her. These are but a few of the many fascinating characters whose lives were shaped and forever changed by the extraordinary time and place. When Frances Backhouse's Women of the Klondike was first published in 1995, it became a bestseller. This 15th anniversary edition is being released at the same time as Backhouse's follow-up book, Children of the Klondike . --Book Jacket.
Publisher: North Vancouver, B.C. : Whitecap Books, ©2010
Edition: 15th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9781770500174
Characteristics: xv, 223 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm


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rb3221 Apr 04, 2015

A well written book that deals with the stories of the often neglected women of the Klondike. Backhouse clearly shows the significant role played by such women as nurses, doctors, teachers, nuns and other professions. Perhaps longer stories could have been provided about some of these women to make the stories somewhat more detailed, informative and thereby even more interesting. But still a good but simple read.

Nov 02, 2009

Excellent tales of women who 'took on the Klondike'. The author does an impressive job of relating history without getting wordy and drawn out.

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