Eight Women, Two Model Ts, and the American West

Eight Women, Two Model Ts, and the American West

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In 1924 eight young women drove across the American West in two Model T Fords. In nine weeks they traveled more than nine thousand unpaved miles on an extended car-camping trip through six national parks, "without a man or a gun along." It was the era of the flapper, but this book tells the story of a group of farm girls who met while attending Iowa's Teacher's College and who shared a "yen to see some things." A blend of oral and written history, adventure, memoir, and just plain heartfelt living, Eight Women is a story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Weaving together a granddaughter's essays with family stories and anecdotes from the 1924 trip, the book portrays four generations of women extending from nineteenth-century Norway to present-day Iowa--and sets them loose across the western United States where the perils and practicalities of automotive travel reaffirm family connections while also celebrating individual freedom.
Publisher: Lincoln, NB : University of Nebraska Press, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780803260191
0803260199
Branch Call Number: 917.8033 WIL
Characteristics: 169 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.

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