Fremont: Pathmarker of the West

Fremont: Pathmarker of the West

by Allan Nevins
     
 


One of the most controversial and romantic figures in American history, John C. Frémont experienced a dizzying succession of public triumphs and humiliations. He made his name exploring the West, surveying, mapping, and describing the Rockies, the Great Basin, and Oregon country. Allan Nevins gives Frémont full credit for his achievements as a… See more details below

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One of the most controversial and romantic figures in American history, John C. Frémont experienced a dizzying succession of public triumphs and humiliations. He made his name exploring the West, surveying, mapping, and describing the Rockies, the Great Basin, and Oregon country. Allan Nevins gives Frémont full credit for his achievements as a topographer, soldier, and politician while noting how often his rashness attracted enemies and led to his downfall: to a court-martial for disobeying orders during the Bear Flag Rebellion, to a disastrous winter expedition in the San Juan Mountains, to his defeat as the first presidential candidate of the Republican party, to the loss of his Civil War command. Through sickness and health, poverty and wealth, his wife, the vivacious Jessie Benton Frémont, stood by him. Their enduring romance occupies much more than the background in this absorbing story of his life.

The dean of American historians, Allan Nevins won the Pulitzer Prize for his biographies of Grover Cleveland and Hamilton Fish.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803283640
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
03/19/1992
Pages:
720
Sales rank:
1,074,788
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.58(d)
Lexile:
1300L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Chapter I.Charleston Boyhood1
Chapter II.An Explorer's Training19
Chapter III.First View of the Great West29
Chapter IV.Washington Courtship46
Chapter V.A Runaway Marriage60
Chapter VI.The Stakes of the West72
Chapter VII.The First Expedition89
Chapter VIII.South Pass and Fremont's Peak104
Chapter IX.The First Report116
Chapter X.The Second Expedition: Outward Bound127
Chapter XI.Over the Winter Sierras147
Chapter XII.Sutter's Fort and California161
Chapter XIII.Homeward Over the Rockies175
Chapter XIV.Washington Expansionists and the Far West190
Chapter XV.The Third Expedition206
Chapter XVI.A Clash With Californians217
Chapter XVII.The Message From Gillespie234
Chapter XVIII.The Bear Flag Outbreak253
Chapter XIX.The California Battalion287
Chapter XX.The Quarrel With Kearny305
Chapter XXI.A Famous Court-Martial327
Chapter XXII.Starvation and Cannibalism343
Chapter XXIII.Golconda and the Senate373
Chapter XXIV.Managing the Mariposas393
Chapter XXV.The Fifth Expedition408
Chapter XXVI.The Republican Nomination421
Chapter XXVII.The Campaign of 1856439
Chapter XXVIII.New Mariposa Troubles459
Chapter XXIX.Civil War in the West473
Chapter XXX.Fremont vs. Blair and Lincoln503
Chapter XXXI.The End of the "Hundred Days"529
Chapter XXXII.The Mountain Department550
Chapter XXXIII.The Defeat of the Blairs564
Chapter XXXIV.A Financial Debacle583
Chapter XXXV.Poverty and Labor602
Chapter XXXVI.Character and Fame612
Chapter XXXVII.Some New Light on Fremont623
Appendices
I.Fremont's Children663
II.Corruption in St. Louis, 1861663
III.E. M. Kern's Letter667
Bibliographical Note671
Index675

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