From unsung pioneers, a new slant, Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey, by Lillian Schlissel. New York: Schocken Books. 262 pp. $8.95.

Using the diaries, reminiscences, and letters of 103 women who made the westward journey with their men, Prof. Lillian Schlissel provides solid support for feminists who, since the 1960s, have been reminding the world that the 350, 000 pioneers came from both sexes. Mostly in their late teens and 20s, these women knew that they had to keep the family healthy, well fed, clean, and together. The daily routine included preparing meals, pitching tents, and incessant packing. Wagon trains were constantly on the move for six to eight months, and even childbirth was no reason for slowing down. This informative book includes 48 photographs.

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