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Published on Apr 24, 2012
Frontier life during the nineteenth century kicked open the swinging doors of the Wild West. Combined with the westward expansion of the United States, women during this time period had more opportunities to acquire wealth, property, and a life of their own than ever before. This investigation attempts to piece together the paradoxical roles of identity and economic reward for women in the old west, by using a comparative, qualitative study of primary and secondary sources to review women's biographies and autobiographies to understand their motives for occupying tenuous positions during westward expansion.