Beyond the Mississippi: Early Westward Expansion of the United States

Beyond the Mississippi: Early Westward Expansion of the United States

by Angela M. Herb
     
 
The drama of the exploration and migration west of the Mississippi comes alive in this first volume of an exciting new series. Spurred on by the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark's famous expedition in the early 1800s, explorers, trappers, traders and missionaries led the way for the westward expansion of the young country. Includes more than 100 archival photos,

Overview

The drama of the exploration and migration west of the Mississippi comes alive in this first volume of an exciting new series. Spurred on by the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark's famous expedition in the early 1800s, explorers, trappers, traders and missionaries led the way for the westward expansion of the young country. Includes more than 100 archival photos, newspaper headlines, letters and illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Debbie Earl
The first volume of the Young Readers' History of the West presents the history of American expansion from the time of the Louisiana Purchase through the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill. In just half a century, the United States expanded from the Mississippi River to the Pacific coast, an amazing feat considering the modes of transportation and technology available at the time. Beyond the Mississippi is arranged so well, it could be used as a textbook. Beginning with a detailed timeline, the book provides information on the Lewis and Clark expedition, the blazing of the Oregon, Santa Fe and California Trails; the Mexican War and the acquisition of the Southwest territories, the Mormon settlement of the Great Salt Lake region; and the California gold rush. A concise narration is accompanied by numerous firsthand accounts and more than a hundred archival photographs, newspaper headlines, documents, letters and other illustrations. Maps on the books's endpapers show the details of all the trails and American land acquisitions from 1783-1853. I was fascinated by the variety of interesting material presented in boxes and sidebars surrounding the main text. For instance, one of Lewis and Clark's men was thrilled to be paid fifteen dollars to accompany the explorers on one of their journeys! It is one thing to read facts about Indian uprisings, and quite another to read an actual account of someone being attacked, shot at with arrows, and walking wounded for sixty-five miles to the nearest fort to obtain medical assistance. This book makes history come alive. Herb has written two other books, one on the Civil War and the other a compilation of facts and figures about Alaska. She has also worked as an editor. Lively, entertaining supplementary material for junior high and high school history classes, and those writing reports on the Westward expansion. Glossary. Index. Illus. Maps. Biblio. Further Reading. Chronology. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Herb uses primary sources throughout her narrative to give readers an introduction to the people who settled the West, the rewards they sought, and the challenges they faced. Each chapter describes a separate place or movement. Some, such as the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Oregon Trail, and the California Gold Rush, have all received extensive coverage elsewhere. Others, such as the British outpost at Fort Vancouver, the Black Hawk War, the Whitman Mission in Oregon, and the opening of the Mormon Trail, are not as well known. Their inclusion allows the author to tell the stories of women and other groups often left out of more traditional histories. The objective text is well written, making each story interesting and informative. The format is attractive, with wide margins and numerous sidebars that provide supplementary material. The many well-chosen, black-and-white period art reproductions and photos add to the text and maps inside each cover highlight the places mentioned in each chapter. This book offers more detail and personal perspective about this period than the overviews found in Carter Smith's Bridging the Continent and The Conquest of the West (1992, both Millbrook), and will be useful for both report writers and general readers. A good choice for any library that needs material on this era.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525675037
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/1996
Series:
Young Readers' History of the Civil War Ser.
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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