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Riding the white horse home : a Western family album

Author: Teresa Jordan
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [1993] ©1993
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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In 1886, Teresa Jordan's great-grandfather J.L. Jordan left Maryland for the West. It was on Wyoming's Iron Mountain that the Jordan ranch began and survived for nearly a hundred years. Riding the White Horse Home is Teresa Jordan's story of four generations of her family's devotion to the land, a devotion that required at once physical courage and psychic endurance. She celebrates the strength and character of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Jordan, Teresa.
Riding the white horse home.
New York : Pantheon Books, ©1993
(OCoLC)649524235
Named Person: Teresa Jordan; Teresa Jordan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Teresa Jordan
ISBN: 0679412190 9780679412199
OCLC Number: 26552891
Notes: Maps on endpapers.
Description: xiii, 219 pages : illustrations, maps, genealogical table ; 22 cm
Contents: My Family Tree --
Walking the Hogbacks: A Prologue --
Legends --
Mothers --
How Coyote Sent the White Girl Home --
Newtime: A Calving Diary --
Bones --
Marie --
The Death of the Hired Man --
Writing My Grandmother's Life --
My Life as a Bride --
Looking Back.
Responsibility: Teresa Jordan.

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In 1886, Teresa Jordan's great-grandfather J.L. Jordan left Maryland for the West. It was on Wyoming's Iron Mountain that the Jordan ranch began and survived for nearly a hundred years. Riding the White Horse Home is Teresa Jordan's story of four generations of her family's devotion to the land, a devotion that required at once physical courage and psychic endurance. She celebrates the strength and character of the women of her family - her mother, grandmother, and great-aunts; the men - her father, grandfather, and great-grandfather; and the ranch hands - the hay crew, cooks, and cowboys. With reverence and grace, Teresa Jordan uses the history of her family to mirror the demise of a quintessential American way of life. This is not only Teresa Jordan's family history, it is every Western family's story: it is the story of the American West. Teresa Jordan writes of her family and of finding her place within its history with warmth, sincerity, and pride. It is only after she leaves Wyoming that she begins to understand the women of her history - some who were shoehorned into the only lives they could imagine, others who found ways to create the lives they wanted - and to discover where she belongs. Teresa Jordan's essays in Riding the White Horse Home are eloquent homage to her history and to ours as well.

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