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Kitturah Belknap

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Kitturah Belknap and her husband George moved to Iowa in the 1830s and labored to save money to buy their land.  This is a good review of the role of women in early Iowa.  This is highly readable and will help you understand what life was like on the Iowa frontier.  Link:  https://ir.uiowa.edu/annals-of-iowa/vol44/iss1/8/ (Annals of Iowa, #44, 1977.  It is also in Glenda Riley’s wonderful collection of memoirs and autobiographies from 19th Century Iowa women called Prairie Voices.)