Janet Worthington

Amelia Stewart Knight: A Tale from the Oregon Trail

When Amelia Stewart Knight left Iowa for her new home in Oregon in 1853, she was certainly aware of the harsh realities of the Oregon Trail and of the daily drudgeries she would endure caring for her seven children and five hired hands. Her diary of the journey contained few complaints; her feelings were consumed with concern for her children and even the animals that traveled with them. As Amelia Stewart Knight, Worthington brings to the audience a sense of the woman’s perspective on the Oregon Trail adventure: forced to leave family and friends, she sought to provide a modicum of cleanliness and the comforts of home and kept alive the hope for a better future for her children.