Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Joanna Stratton
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Essay Topic 1

Explain why the accounts of the Kansas pioneer women had been overlooked for so many years. What value do they have for historians and students today? What value will you take away from this literary experience? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of women in frontier life in 19th century Kansas. How were gender roles blurred during this period of time in Kansas? What lessons did women learn about themselves as they carved lives for their families out of the sod and hills of the prairie?

Essay Topic 3

What positions other than wife and mother did most prairie women hold? What was expected of a prairie woman by others? What expectations did she place on herself? Explain.

Essay Topic 4

Explain the role of religion on the Kansas prairie. Was there an increase in religious life because just living on the prairie was such a trying experience...

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