Women of the Klondike

Women of the Klondike

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When the steamship Portland docked in Seattle harbour in 1897, a group of scruffy men and women dressed in rough northern garb walked down the gangplank. There was nothing remarkable about them, except they were dragging sacks stuffed with a half-million dollars` worth of gold. One of these travelers was Ethel Berry, who had helped mine of the richest claims in the Klondike. She was only one of the hundreds of women who joined the hordes of dreamers risking their lives in search of Yukon gold. Never before have the stories of these adventurous women been brought together. Women of the Klondike explores the critical roles women played during the gold rush. Frances Backhouse delves into the lives of these diverse individuals - entrepreneurs, miners, teachers, doctors, nurses, and journalists. Through diaries, letters, memoirs, newspaper accounts, and archival photographs, Backhouse presents an intimate look at women in the Klondike. " This lively work is an essential addition to the growing bookshelf of Klondike history. I read it with enormous interest. " - Pierre Berton

Publisher: Vancouver : Whitecap Books, 2000, 1995
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9781552854075
Branch Call Number: 971.91 BAC
Characteristics: x, 226 p. :,ill., maps ;,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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