Abstract

Using first person, reminiscent accounts, this thesis examines children's lives on the Mormon Trail. It attempts to shed further light on the story of the Mormon Trail by sharing the perspectives of pioneers who crossed the plains as children. This study focuses on such issues as the children's impressions of the trail, their experiences on it, their duties, their family life, and the influence of religion. This study highlights the symbiotic relationship between children and the trail: children affected trail life and at the same time were affected by their experiences on the trail. Children shouldered responsibilites that were essential to the success of the family. Because the trail required children to work hard for the good of the family, children achieved a greater sense of their own abilities to succeed.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Family, Home, and Social Sciences; History

Rights

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Date Submitted

1997

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etdm28

Keywords

Pioneer children, Mormon Trail, Mormon children, Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail, History

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