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Transcript - Introduction

Open: "MY NAME IS EMMA LOGAN AND I COME FROM TENNESSEE, THERE I SPENT MY CHILDHOOD WITH MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY. I MARRIED YOUNG JOHN LOGAN BACK IN 1844, THAT DAY HE PROMISED PA WE'D NEVER GO FAR FROM HIS DOOR."

Narrator: BETWEEN 1840 AND 1870 350,000 AMERICANS WOULD CROSS THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES... APPROXIMATELY 50,000 OF THESE EMIGRANTS WERE WOMEN.

Voice Over: I ALMOST WONDER HOW I COULD HAVE UNDERTAKEN SUCH AN EXPEDITION. I WAS IN GOOD SPIRITS AND LITTLE DAUNTED BY THE VASTNESS OF MY ENTERPRISE. (GRAPHICS REBECCA KETCHUM)

Narrator: THESE WERE ORDINARY PEOPLE CAUGHT UP IN AN EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURE. LILLIAN

Schlissel: IT'S EASY TO FORGET THE DAILY STUFF. AND I THINK THE WOMEN BRING YOU BACK TO THE VERY DAILY QUALITY OF WHAT THE OVERLAND MIGRATION WAS.

Mary Cross: EACH WOMEN'S EXPERIENCE WAS UNIQUE UNTO THEMSELVES. IT DEPENDED UPON THE AGE THEY WERE, WHERE THEY WERE IN A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP, WHAT THEIR SOCIOECONOMIC LEVEL WAS, AND WHAT THEIR SOCIETAL BACKGROUND AND EXPECTATIONS WERE.

Narrator: OREGON IS BUILT ON THE LEGACY OF THESE WOMEN. THEIR STORY... IS ONE OF DETERMINATION, COURAGE AND STRENGTH.

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