The titles of the essays include (with links):
* Uncle Sam Is Rich Enough to Give Us All a Farm: Homesteaders, the Frontier and Hopscotching Across America
* Getting Started: Packing and Preparing for a New Life
* "Hardship and Glory": Life on the Trail
* "The Little Old Sod Shanty on the Claim": Creating a Home on the Frontier Part I
* "It is Very Aristocratic to Have a Bed at All": Creating a Home on the Frontier, Part II
* "Without Peas and Things Put Into It": Food on the Frontier
These 3 to 4 page essays are all written by Christopher W. Czajka and are very well done. I enjoyed reading four of them, and will revisit the list in the days ahead. Now I want to see the videos - I missed them when they were on TV.
The Bibliography listing the resources used to write the essays and develop the videos are at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/frontierhouse/resources/bibliography.html.
My SMITH, VAUX and CARRINGER families were the ones who hopscotched across the country from New York and Pennsylvania in the 1840's to San Diego by the 1890's. I have daydreamed about the places they lived, their experiences traveling and settling and the hardships they endured, but have not really studied the "life and times" of my frontier ancestors.
What other resources for Western Life education and research are there? Tell me!