Karen Cushman

Karen Cushman

Newbery award-winning children’s book author

Karen Cushman


19th Century America

Here’s a peek at the books about the 19th century United States of America that I refer to while I’m writing.

Cowboy Slang
Historical Atlas of the American West
They Saw the Elephant
Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey


Cowboy Slang: Colorful Cowboy Sayings, Edgar R. “Frosty” Potter, Golden West Publishing, 1986

Far From Home: Families of the Westward Journey, Lillian Schlissel, Byrd Gibbens, and Elizabeth Hampsten, University of Nebraska Press, 2003

Frontier Lady: Recollections of the Gold Rush and Early California, Sarah Royce, Bison Books, 1977

Growing Up with the Country: Childhood on the Far Western Frontier, Elliott West, University of New Mexico Press, 1989

Historical Atlas of the American West, Warren A. Beck and Ynez D. Haase, University of Oklahoma Press, 1992

History of US (11-volume paperback set), Joy Hakim, Oxford University Press, 2007

Medicine Women: The Story of Early American Women Doctors, Cathy Luchetti, Crown, 1998

Sears Roebuck & Co Catalogue, 1897, Sears Roebuck & Company, Skyhorse Publishing, 2007

They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush, JoAnn Levy, Archon Books, 1993

Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey, Lillian Schlissel, Schocken Books, 1982

Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800s, Marc McCutcheon, Writer’s Digest Books, 1993

Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the Wild West: from 1840 to 1900, Candy Vyvey Moulton, Writer’s Digest Books, 1999

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