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Were women scarce in the Old West?

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You know Michael, (thanks for the A2A) if Hollywood were to be believed on TV Shows and in Movies, women were more common than chord wood and all movie star beautiful. Photography was not unusual on the western frontier, and I have yet to see an 1... read more

You know Michael, (thanks for the A2A) if Hollywood were to be believed on TV Shows and in Movies, women were more common than chord wood and all movie star beautiful. read more

In 1849, for example, only about 5,000 women were among the 50,000 Americans who went west. The shortage of women created a climate in which soiled doves like Big Nose Kate of Tombstone, Arizona, and Squirrel Tooth Alice of Dodge City, Kansas, bloomed in brilliant scarlet. read more

When women weren't present in large communities, say a mining camp full of men for example, some men would fill the role of women sexually and domestically, and normal gender roles were challenged. In effect, men in the Old West got it where they could. read more

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