Genealogy Book Descriptions.
Some Books of General Interest
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Gathering of Zion
By Wallace Stegner
|Wallace Stegner has written the best single volume to appear on the Mormon migration westward. His sensitivity to human beings and his ability to understand the spirit motivating the oft-persecuted Latter Day Saints allow him insights missed by earlier writers. [Stegner draws on] scores of printed and unprinted diaries kept by the Saints, and has used these very personal documents to pinpoint events that take on new meaning when viewed thru the eyes of ordinary mortals. Soft cover. 332 pages. Indexed. $16.95.|
By Wallace Stegner
|Where others saw only sage, a salt lake, and a great desert, the mormons saw their "lovely Deseret", a land of lilacs, honey-combs, poplars, and fruit trees. Unwelcome in Illinois and Missouri, they migrated to the desert lands between the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada to establish Mormon Country, a wasteland made green. Like the land they settled, the mormons' habits stood in stark contrast to the frenzied recklessness of the American West. Opposed to the often rugged individualism of the west, the Mormons lived in closely knit - some say ironclad - communities. The story of Mormon Country is one of self-sacrifice and labor spent in the search for an ideal in the most forbidding territory in the American West. Soft Cover. Indexed. 360 pages. $15.00.|
Orphan Trains to Missouri
By Michael D. Patrick and Evelyn Goodrich Trickel. In 1853 a man by the name of Charlees Loring Brace, along with other well-to-do men in New York City, founded The Children's Aid Society. The society planned to give food, lodging, and clothing to homeless children and provide educational and trade opportunities for them, but, the numbers grew so large they were unable to care for them. Brace developed a plan to send many of the children to the Midwest by train. It is estimated that as many as 100,000 came to Missouri. This book documents the history of these children. Their struggles, their successes, and their failures. Touching stories of volunteers who oversaw the placement of the orphans, as well as stories of the orphans themselves, make this a rich record of American and Midwestern history. SC $11.95
The Orphan Trains - Placing Out In America
By Marilyn Irvin Holt. "From 1850 to 1930 America witnessed a unique immigration and resettlement of at least 200,000 children and several thousand adults, primarily from the East coast to the West. This 'placing out', an attempt to find homes for the poor, was best known by the 'Orphan Trains' that carried the children. Holt carefully analyzes the system, initially instituted by The New York Children's Aid Society in 1853, tracking it's imitators as well as the reason for it's creation and demise.This well-written volume sheds new light on the multifaceted experience of children's migration, changing concepts of welfare, and Western expansion. It is good scholarly social history." Library Journal. SC $12.00
Tales and Superstitions.
By Phillip W. Steele.
In 'Ozark Tales and Superstions' Phillip Steele has collected 26 stories in an attempt to preserve the rich lore indigenous to the Ozark region. Here are tales of the supernatural, including "Lady of the Valley" and "Monster of Peter Bottom Cave", Indian legends such as "Legend of War Eagle' and "Legend of Virgin's Bluff", treasure tales, outlaw stories, nature lore, plus a collection of superstitions, moon signs, and regional cures and remedies. Really a great read!!! Soft Cover. 96 pages. $8.95