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Oregon Trail Stories: True Accounts of Life in a Covered Wagon

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Travel along the Oregon Trail with the pioneers who dared to "face the elephant" as they moved west in search of a new life. Compiled from the trail diaries and memoirs that document this momentous period in American history, Oregon Trail Stories is a fascinating look at the great American migration of the 19th century.

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Overview

Travel along the Oregon Trail with the pioneers who dared to "face the elephant" as they moved west in search of a new life. Compiled from the trail diaries and memoirs that document this momentous period in American history, Oregon Trail Stories is a fascinating look at the great American migration of the 19th century.

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This collection of true stories from the Oregon Trail offers a unique view of history—from the life of an everyday traveler. These are detailed accounts of what the trip West was like, including the challenges and hardships as well as the celebrations. The details are what make the stories so interesting—weather, costs of products, and day-to-day realities of life on the trail help history come to life. The excerpts are relatively short, the longest being less than 20 pages, but the length makes them additionally accessible. A more complete table of contents and an index would make the book better for research. Appropriate for high schools that teach Western migration and Pacific Northwest history. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Globe Pequot Press, 144p., Ages 15 to adult.
—Sarah Applegate
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762730827
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 370,529
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Compiled from diaries, letters, and memoirs written about the great American migration of the 19th century, including Lansford Hastings, Catherine Sager Pringle, Narcissa Whitman, and others.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Scenes and Incidents of a Party of Oregon Emigrants, 1842 1
Across the Plains in 1843 12
From the Letters of Narcissa Whitman, 1844 14
On the Plains in 1844 18
Reminiscences of a Trip across the Plains in '45 36
Crossing the Plains in 1846 39
Sketch of Hardships Endured by Those Who Crossed the Plains in '46 44
The Diary of Patrick Breen, One of the Donner Party, November 1846 to March 1847 56
From the Book of Reminiscences, California Society of Pioneers, 1849 71
Letter Written on the Trail to California, 1849 75
Iowa to the "Land of Gold," 1852 77
Memoirs of Travel, 1852 80
A Letter from Martha S. Read to Lorinda Shelton, 1852 93
Interesting Story of His Experience in Hunting Buffalo Coming Across the Plains, 1853 95
Crossing the Plains in 1853 114
Rules of the Road, 1865 125
The Equipment, Supplies, and the Method of Traveling 127
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