The Letters and Journals of Narcissa Whitman, 1836-1847


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    Cort Mitchell

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These letters and journals are written by Narcissa Whitman, a woman migrating from Pennsylvania to Oregon in the 19th century. This page links users to individual letters and journal entries, including material about the Oregon Trail, the town of Waiilatpu, Oregon, and the Whitman Massacre. Whitman's account is part of the PBS site, "The West," which contains a guided tour through the history of the American West, following in the footsteps of filmmakers Ken Burns and Stephen Ives. "The West" relates experiences of individual men and women, many of whom tell their own stories in their own words, through diaries and letters and autobiographical accounts. This resource is referenced in the EDSITEment lesson titled "On the Oregon Trail." Less

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    Grade: 4 to 12

    Topics: Literary Analysis, United States History, History-Social Science, Electives, Geography, English-Language Arts


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