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[ PDF / Epub ] ☂ Rachel Calofs Story Author Rachel Calof – Reptileclassifieds.us

Rachel Calofs Story Calof S Story Has The Electricity One Occasionally Finds In Primary Sources It Is Powerful, Shocking, And Primitive, With The Kind Of Appeal Primary Sources Often Attain Without Effort It Is A Strong Addition To The Literature Of Women S Experience On The Frontier Lillian Schlissel Asking For Approval To Use Quote In 1894, Eighteen Year Old Rachel Bella Kahn Travelled From Russia To The United States For An Arranged Marriage To Abraham Calof, An Immigrant Homesteader In North Dakota Rachel Calof S Story Combines Her Memoir Of A Hard Pioneering Life On The Prairie With Scholarly Essays That Provide Historical And Cultural Background And Show Her Narrative To Be Both Unique And A Representative Western Tale Her Narrative Is Riveting And Candid, Laced With Humor And Irony.The Memoir, Written By Rachel Bella Calof In 1936, Recounts Aspects Of Her Childhood And Teenage Years In A Jewish Community, Shtetl In Russia, But Focuses Largely On Her Life Between 1894 And 1904, When She And Her Husband Carved Out A Life As Homesteaders She Recalls Her Horror At The Hardships Of Pioneer Life Especially The Crowding Of Many Family Members Into The 12 X 14 Dirt Floored Shanties That Were Their First Dewllings Of All The Privations I Knew As A Homesteader, Says Calof, The Lack Of Privacy Was The Hardest To Bear Money, Food, And Fuel Were Scarce, And During Bitter Winters, Three Calof Households Abraham And Rachel With Their Growing Children, Along With His Parents And A Brother S Family Would Pool Resources And Live Together With Livestock In One Shanty.Under Harsh And Primitive Conditions, Rachel Bella Calof Bore And Raised Nine Children The Family Withstood Many Dangers, Including Hailstorms That Hammered Wheat To The Ground And Flooded Their Home Droughts That Reduced Crops To Dust Blinding Snowstorms Of Plains Winters Through It All, However, Calof Drew On A Humor And Resolve That Is Everywhere Apparent In Her Narrative Always Striving To Improve Her Living Conditions, She Made Lamps From Dried Mud, Scraps Of Rag, And Butter Plastered The Cracked Wood Walls Of Her Home With Clay Supplemented Meagre Supplies With Prairie Forage Wild Mushrooms And Garlic For A Special Supper, Dry Grass For A Hot Fire To Bake Bread Never Sentimental, Caolf S Memoir Is A Vital Historical And Personal Record.J Sanford Rikoon Elaborates On The History Of Jewish Settlement In The Rural Heartland And The Great Tide Of Immigration From The Russian Pale Of Settlement And Eastern Europe From 1880 1910 Elizabeth Jameson Examines How Calof Writes From The Interior Spaces Of Private Life, And From That Vantage Point, Reconfigures Familiar Versions Of The American West Jameson Also Discusses How The Calofs Adapted Jewish Practices To The New Contingencies Of North Dakota, Maintaining Customs That Represented The Core Of Their Jewish Identity, Reconstructing Their Jewishness In New Circumstances.

[ PDF / Epub ] ☂ Rachel Calofs Story  Author Rachel Calof – Reptileclassifieds.us
  • Paperback
  • 176 pages
  • Rachel Calofs Story
  • Rachel Calof
  • English
  • 01 June 2018
  • 0253209862

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  1. says:

    This was a fascinating first person narrative of a Jewish homesteader who traveled from Russia to North Dakota for an arranged marriage in 1894 This is Rachel Bella Calof s story in her own words, and I read it in a day Little House on the Prairie this is not there is nothing romanticized here Calof writes in a clear, matter of fact voice of hardships I can t imagine living through year after year arriving to a roofless shack crowded with people she didn t yet know, being forced to share a This was a fascinating first person narrative of a Jewish homesteader who traveled from Russia to North Dakota for an arranged marriage in 1894 This is Rachel Bella Calof s story in her own words, and I read it in a day Little House on the Prairie this is not there is nothing romanticized here Calof writes in a clear, matter o...


  2. says:

    If you ever find yourself feeling sorry for yourself read this book If your kids are complaining about sharing a room, not having the hot clothes shoes electronics vacations etc make them read this book If you enjoy reading about American Jewish Women s settler s immigrant s history, read this book An amazing memoir of a woman who endures a horrible childhood in Russia only to move to the US, and then, becomes a homesteader on North Dakota Translated by her son, Rachel gives a riveting acc If you ever find yourself feeling sorry for yourself read this book If your kids ar...


  3. says:

    I read this book with sympathy, but I can t help but wonder at the sheer stupidity and lack of preparation showed by the settlers in Calof s book in their chosen way of life out on the North Dakota prairies It didn t seem to occur to any of them to get a job in town and accumulate some capital before trying to homestead The financial sufferings the author described would have been less far severe, and their living conditions less squalid and...


  4. says:

    A pretty amazing story and worth reading for anyone who is interested in the history of the Great Plains The history of the Great Plains is often glossed over people focus on indian fights, the gold rush, the Oregon Trail and that s about it This is a story of an immigrant settler in North Dakota and the hardships she has to endure There are some powerful images of her trudging through the snow for miles, while pregnant, to get to her nearest neighbor The book is a b...


  5. says:

    A quick and very interesting read If ever you feel inclined to whine about not having enough, just pick up this book How must it be to share a one room shack with a husband, your in laws, two dozen chickens and a calf And this without knowing whether your food and fuel supplies will last the winternot to mention not a cup of coffee to be had The best thing about the book is that Rachel never loses her hopes for the future she just keeps moving forward doing the best she can Well wort A quick and very inter...


  6. says:

    Short but vivid description of the incredibly harsh life of North Dakota homesteaders the fact that the writer is Jewish is less important except in one bit about finding a kosher butcher as is the unimaginable poverty and discomfort of their lives The concept of owning land was incred...


  7. says:

    This was amazing and not like anything else I ve read about homesteading on the prairies A really incredible account I so admire her


  8. says:

    I will try to remember this book whenever I think my life is horrible Her life was truly awful, from her impoverished childhood in Russia to her life as a homesteader on the Northern Plains Without many options, she made a life for herself and managed to overcome unbelievable challenges I cannot imagine making myself go through what she did Her descriptions are vivid to me I love stories about immigrants and settlers and the West so this was fascinating to me and much different from any of I will try to remember this book whenever I think my life is horrible Her life was truly awful, from her impoverished childhood...


  9. says:

    This is the real deal of what it was like to live on the prairies It was never meant to be a book, rather it was her personal writings that a researcher happened across.


  10. says:

    Fascinating

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