Books: Sex and the Single Squaw

DAUGHTERS OF THE COUNTRY by Walter O'Meara. 368 pages. Harcourt, Brace & World. $6.95.

Few veins of Americana have been more assiduously mined than the Western fur trade. From Francis Parkman to Bernard De Voto, scholars have unearthed the routes and reminiscences of the "mountain men" in the 19th century, devoting volumes to their exploits. Surprisingly, Novelist and Popular Historian Walter O'Meara's anecdotal appreciation seems to be the first to deal with the lives of the women of the fur traders and mountain men. Not surprisingly, their relationships with women turn out to be as rich and varied as the rest...

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