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30 review for Tainted Ladies: Female Outlaws, Renegade Women and Soiled Doves of the Wild West

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mark Laufenberg

    This is a book of short stories covering the lives of women who did not conform to the societal norms in the days of settling the West. It begins with the California gold rush and the Homestead Act which led many people to travel westward. Married women in the West had a difficult life, working hard from dusk to dawn to raise their families, often in harsh conditions. With the strict morals back East, single women who were caught in a scandal or otherwise had a damaged reputation, faced no hope o This is a book of short stories covering the lives of women who did not conform to the societal norms in the days of settling the West. It begins with the California gold rush and the Homestead Act which led many people to travel westward. Married women in the West had a difficult life, working hard from dusk to dawn to raise their families, often in harsh conditions. With the strict morals back East, single women who were caught in a scandal or otherwise had a damaged reputation, faced no hope of redeeming themselves there. Some of them traveled to the West hoping to get a new start where they could be more anonymous and leave their reputation behind. There were few decent jobs for single women in the West and the jobs that existed were very low paying making it hard for them to eek out a living. Even married women went through dire circumstances if their husbands died or divorced them. Unfortunately many of these women ended up going into prostitution as a means of survival. A few of them however, turned to crime as a means of supporting themselves. While the book doesn't delve deeply into all of the details of these women's lives, it packs a lot of facts into a short summary of them. Here are just some of the women you'll read about: 1. Pearl Hart, the only woman known to have robbed a stagecoach. 2. Etta Place & the Wild Bunch Women who were cohorts of the Hole In The Wall Gang led by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid. 3. Cattle Kate, a possible cattle rustler who became the only woman to be lynched. 4. Calamity Jane who lived a rowdy life, did men's work for most of it, hung with Wild Bill Hickok and toured with Buffalo Bill Cody. 5. Poker Alice, a cigar smoking, gun toting woman who made her living at playing cards and later had her own establishment. 6. Charlie Parkhurst, who disguised herself as a man her entire life to pursue her love of driving a stagecoach. 7. Sally Skull, a horse trader suspected of killing at least 30 men. As many women in the West ended up as prostitutes or Madams, the hierarchy of prostitution is also detailed from the Parlors and Brothels, down to the Cribs. The horrible scourge of young Chinese girls sold into sex slavery is also touched upon. The lives of most of these women were relatively short; some died of alcoholism and I was surprised to learn how many others either overdosed or committed suicide by narcotics. Some of the Madams amassed large sums money over their lives and were actually admired by society due to how charitable they were with it. A lot of the prostitutes were also very kind, serving as midwives and caring for the sick, especially during the smallpox epidemic. Overall, the information in the book held my interest throughout. There were a few grammatical errors and the author tended to repeat herself in a number of instances, but for the most part I felt that the book was a worthwhile read. I would recommend it to anyone interested in life in the Old West, where women played their part in shaping its history.

  2. 5 out of 5

    P.S. Winn

    I enjoyed this read that delves into the lives of women in the old west. This collection of short info on many women is a great informative read. Some of the women readers may have heard of, others aren't as famous, but all are fascinating. The author did her homework and brings the lives of western women to life. I enjoyed this read that delves into the lives of women in the old west. This collection of short info on many women is a great informative read. Some of the women readers may have heard of, others aren't as famous, but all are fascinating. The author did her homework and brings the lives of western women to life.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sharron Meyer

    I found the ladies' stories interesting. In 2016, my book club read CATTLE KATE by Jana Bommersbach (a local author and writer in Phoenix), who went into greater detail about Kate's story. I found the ladies' stories interesting. In 2016, my book club read CATTLE KATE by Jana Bommersbach (a local author and writer in Phoenix), who went into greater detail about Kate's story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Frizell

    Short stories A few brief stories of women who were outlaws or a madame. It wasn't a waste of twenty minutes and I enjoyed it. Short stories A few brief stories of women who were outlaws or a madame. It wasn't a waste of twenty minutes and I enjoyed it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I loved this book and found it very enlightening. I felt sorry for some of these ladies but felt worse for the women (mere children) who were forced into their life styles. It's a must read. I want to read more books by Vickie Britton and her sister Loretta Jackson. I loved this book and found it very enlightening. I felt sorry for some of these ladies but felt worse for the women (mere children) who were forced into their life styles. It's a must read. I want to read more books by Vickie Britton and her sister Loretta Jackson.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alan Lampe

    I did enjoy this read, but would really have loved it if it went into more detail. It gave a highlight of the more famous women of the West, but not a whole lot of detail. A good beginner book to wet your appetite as you begin your research into the ladies of Wild West.

  7. 4 out of 5

    suzan johnson

    Soiled Doves Great read.... I read. wish it was longer! Highly recommended, I have read other accounts and a lot of these stories run true.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Not too good. Elementary fleshing out of the subjects. Not recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pam

  10. 5 out of 5

    David Sandbrook

  11. 5 out of 5

    eric stanley king.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Osburn

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tricia D. Johnson

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lou Westberg

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rasmi Bacon

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary Bennett

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gregory Webster

  20. 4 out of 5

    Veronica Hast

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ry

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathie

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  24. 5 out of 5

    cheryl Kahler

  25. 5 out of 5

    Theodore MARTIN

  26. 4 out of 5

    deborah English

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vivian Mackowski

  28. 4 out of 5

    tricia spangler

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jacie Davidson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tony Greenall

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