Woman on the American Frontier
William Worthington Fowler
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Mrs. Davies was accustomed to handle a gun and was a good shot, like many other women on the frontier. She contemplated as a last resort that, if not rescued in the course of the day, when night came and the Indians had fallen asleep, she would deliver herself and her children by killing as many of the Indians as she could, believing that in a night attack the rest would fly panic-stricken. Mrs. Hannah Nash and her daughter Deborah, who in the 17th century rescued all their worldly possessions from a devastating flood, to Miss M. , who in the 19th century established a schoolhouse on the Illinois prairie. Young women and old, mothers and daughters and wives and widows, outwitting wildlife, battling Indians, building homes and towns, enduring famine and ensuring bounty, the hundreds of women portrayed here are the "unnamed heroes" of American history.