Wednesday, May 26, 2021

My Way West: Real Kids Traveling the Oregon and California Trails by Elizabeth Goss

This is a very nicely done educational tool.  It's truthful, has good and bad times, some of it is  sad, but those who survive meet their goals.

West Margin Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 29th.

Between 1841 and 1884, more than 300,000 people—40,000 of whom were children—moved over land across North America in search for a new start and better life.  They were leaving a not so pleasant life on the east coast by going to the west coast where they could be free.  Some were black, some were European, others just wanted a new start.

You get the story of the journey and learn it was hard.  I enjoyed reading the quotes from the children.  Some lost parents, some lost food, some got hurt, but they all went on.

This book also points out that the immigrants moved in and took over the land that the Indians used for grazing, hunting and more.  We're lucky we have any left.

All in all, it's a good educational source.

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