Sarah Ann - The Story of a Pioneer Woman

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This 6" x 9" hardcover book contains wonderful vintage photographs and has large easy to read text. AUTHCOMMENTS ahead of her times in many ways. We share in her joy and pain as the events of her life unfold. All of the characters and events are based on fact. Sarah Ann The Story of a Pioneer Woman provides a new prospective on the lives of those who risked all to settle America.

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Gomez is a historian, poet, and freelance writer. He resides in Prospect, CT and Monticello, ME.

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At 94, Sarah Ann McKinley wondered why a local newspaper was interested in her life. She didn't think she was special. Perhaps she wasn't. Maybe her life resembled those of other women who lived between 1820 and 1920. The fact is, history hasn't told us much about women. Thanks to writers like Joseph Gomez, we are beginning to learn the rest of our nation's history. Whether or not Sarah's life was typical, her story is extraordinary for late 20th century readers, and Gomez tells it in a way that is both engaging and educational. He weaves an intimate personal narrative into the fabric of American history. The reader grows close to Sarah through sensitively rendered anecdotes that define her relationships with others, like her grandfather, and show how particular incidents influenced her later life. At the same time, we see how she was touched by national events: wars, epidemics and the elections of presidents from William Henry Harrison (with whom she dined) to Abraham Lincoln. Sarah and her husband were abolitionists, but he returns from the Civil War a broken man. Sarah cares for him while raising nine children and, after his death, survives prairie fires, a grasshopper plague and prolonged poverty before she pays off her mortgage. If Sarah was not unusual, then Gomez's well- researched account of her life deepens our appreciation of the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people. (Kathryn Olmstead Editor, Echoes Magazine) --Kathryn Olmstead, Editor, Echoes Magazine

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