The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail

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by Francis Parkman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199553920

ISBN-13: 9780199553921

Pub. Date: 09/01/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Francis Parkman set out west from St. Louis in order to see the prairie for himself and "to observe the Indian character". Along the way he encountered some "unexpected impediments" to this aim. In fact, Parkman's whole journey seems full of misadventures, which he describes with dry good humor and a charming ability to laugh at himself.

The series of minor

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Francis Parkman set out west from St. Louis in order to see the prairie for himself and "to observe the Indian character". Along the way he encountered some "unexpected impediments" to this aim. In fact, Parkman's whole journey seems full of misadventures, which he describes with dry good humor and a charming ability to laugh at himself.

The series of minor disasters makes The Oregon Trail entertaining, but it is also a valuable narrative of life on the prairie and has some wonderfully detailed descriptions of Indian villages and customs. The author is clearly impressed with native sportsmanship, and brings the thrill of the hunt to life in vivid detail.

Parkman has a boundless fascination for all he sees, and seems to fall in love with the prairie itself over the course of the book. He transforms this enthusiasm into his descriptions, which often verge on the poetic.

Unlike many explorers of the West, Parkman is not hardedged, and while he is accurate, he is also somewhat romantic. This book is not saturated with the violence that characterizes much literature of this genre. His portraits of native people, while not always flattering, seem good-spirited.

This is not a scientific or anthropological treatise, but Parkman has a passion for these subjects which, coupled with his unique adventures, makes this a very appealing narrative.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199553921
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
940,583
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1The Frontier1
2Breaking the Ice9
3Fort Leavenworth19
4"Jumping off"23
5The "Big Blue"34
6The Platte and the Desert46
7The Buffalo58
8Taking French Leave72
9Scenes at Fort Laramie87
10The War Parties101
11Scenes at the Camp122
13Ill-Luck139
14Hunting Indians146
15The Ogillallah Village167
16The Hunting Camp187
17The Trappers209
18The Black Hills218
19A Mountain Hunt222
20Passage of the Mountains234
21The Lonely Journey248
22The Pueblo and Bent's Fort266
23Tete Rouge, the Volunteer274
24Indian Alarms279
25The Chase289
26The Buffalo Camp298
27Down the Arkansas313
28The Settlements329

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The Oregon Trail 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Budd More than 1 year ago
Thomas Parkman paints a very clear and detailed picture of life among the Dakota Indians prior to the American Civil War. It is very intriguing to see what life was like and how this group of native americans and whites got along in the pre-civil war era. It also shows the thoughts of the time that helped to lead to the almost total annihilation of the Great Bison Herds of the Great Plains. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in getting a deeper understanding of the American West.
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Love it! Can't stop reading!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The app oregon trail is good i do not have this book