The Oregon Trail

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An introductory history of the Oregon Trail and its significance in opening the west to settlers, including information on the people who opened the Trail, their reasons for going west, modes of transportation, and a description of a typical day on the Trail.

An introductory history of the Oregon Trail and its significance in opening the west to settlers, including information on the people who opened the Trail, their reasons for going west, modes of transportation, ...

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Overview

An introductory history of the Oregon Trail and its significance in opening the west to settlers, including information on the people who opened the Trail, their reasons for going west, modes of transportation, and a description of a typical day on the Trail.

An introductory history of the Oregon Trail and its significance in opening the west to settlers, including information on the people who opened the Trail, their reasons for going west, modes of transportation, and a description of a typical day on the Trail.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-With their attractive covers, abundant illustrations, and accessible texts, these three volumes are visually appealing, but their compactness results in a diminished view of the sweeping story of westward migration in 19th-century America. Each title follows a logical formula: a description of the political, social, and economic climate that prompted Americans to travel into harsh, unknown territory; an account of the hardships and successes they experienced along the way; and a brief overview of the impact these migrations ultimately made on the development of new cities and states. Maps, tinted engravings, and tintype portraits help to establish time and place. Vintage black-and-white photographs provide an interesting contrast to the modern color photographs showing frontier landmarks that the adventurers passed as well as vestiges from their journeys still visible today, such as deep wheel ruts across open prairie. While the narratives are clear and informative, they tend to be dry and impersonal. These are solid entry-level books for students, but more detail and depth-including extensive recollections by the pioneers themselves-can be found in Leonard Everett Fisher's The Oregon Trail (1990), David S. Lavender's The Santa Fe Trail (1995, both Holiday), and Arthur Blake and Pamela Daly's The Gold Rush of 1849 (Millbrook, 1995; o.p.).-William McLoughlin, Brookside School, Worthington, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756509354
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Series: We the People: Expansion and Reform Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 636,319
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Jean F. Blashfield has worked for publishers in Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she has written more than 90 books, most of them for young people. Jean F. Blashfield has two adult children and lives in Delavan, Wisconsin.
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Table of Contents

Heading West 4
Opening the Trail 8
The First Missionaries 12
Who Went, and Why? 16
The All-Important Wagon 18
On the Trail 23
A Day on the Trail 31
The End of the Trail 40
Glossary 42
Did You Know? 43
Important Dates 44
Important People 45
Want to Know More? 46
Index 48
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