Men of the West: Life on the American Frontier

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"A lively read, filled with wonderful quotes and photographs." —Denver Post & Rocky Mountain News
The lure of adventure and riches brought men west. Some had dreams of a quick gold strike and an easy retirement. Some were explorers drawn to this vast land. Still others were homesteaders eager to put down new roots. Many would return back east, worn out by hardship. But some found places for themselves as cowboys, ranchers, or townsmen. Cathy Luchetti, author of Women of the West, captures the great upheaval ...

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Overview

"A lively read, filled with wonderful quotes and photographs." —Denver Post & Rocky Mountain News
The lure of adventure and riches brought men west. Some had dreams of a quick gold strike and an easy retirement. Some were explorers drawn to this vast land. Still others were homesteaders eager to put down new roots. Many would return back east, worn out by hardship. But some found places for themselves as cowboys, ranchers, or townsmen. Cathy Luchetti, author of Women of the West, captures the great upheaval of being a pioneer as well as the process of settling in. She uses the words of the men themselves, taken from letters, diaries, and memoirs; not only the iconic cowboys of our imagination but also the doctors, teachers, and ministers. She captures the frontiersmen from the East and the Native Americans whose lives were changed forever by their arrival.

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Editorial Reviews

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Men of the West belongs in the every school and YA library. Not only has Luchetti organized her material into distinct facets of men's lives on the American frontier (e.g., "Men on the Overland Crossing," "Gamblers, Lawmen, and Outlaws," "Frontier Hardships," "Beloved Husbands, Faithful Fathers"); to a very large extent, she allows them to tell their own stories. The lively and colorful text is filled with countless excerpts from diaries and letters that the men wrote during this period, roughly 1845 to 1910. Luchetti keeps the reader enthralled through the lively detail of her text and the copious photographs gathered from various western university libraries and historical societies. The text can be read in sections for reports or as a whole for a rich overview. KLIATT Codes: JSA*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Norton, 252p. illus. notes. index., Ages 12 to adult.
—Patricia Moore
Library Journal
Luchetti (Children of the West; Women of the West) vividly depicts again the hardships of living and working on the American frontier. Drawing on more than 135 period photographs, personal letters, diaries, and journals, she examines the lives of ordinary men having the adventure-for good or ill-of their lives. There is a short discussion of cowboys and outlaws, but Luchetti concentrates on those people rarely covered, including "doctoring men, tinkers, men of faith, bookish men, and teachers." Other chapters ably cover frontier religion, work, and marriage. Some exceptional coverage focuses on Asian immigrants and the effect settlement had on Native Americans. The extensive bibliography will be useful to students and researchers. Recommended for its historical and cultural contribution to the study of the American West. Public libraries and special collections should consider, especially where Luchetti's other works have been popular.-David M. Aperstein, Queens Borough P.L., Jamaica, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393328295
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/13/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 531,434
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Cathy Luchetti is the author of numerous works including Women of the West, Children of the West, and Home on the Range. She lives in Oakland, California.

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