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People of the West
     

People of the West

by Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns (Introduction), Stephen Ives (Introduction)
 

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What was life like in the West before the arrival of the settlers from Europe? How did it feel to be the first white woman to cross the Continental Divide? What was it like to live in a house made of sod on a vast, treeless prairie, or to be part of the great California Gold Rush? This engaging volume answers these questions and more, telling the personal stories of

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What was life like in the West before the arrival of the settlers from Europe? How did it feel to be the first white woman to cross the Continental Divide? What was it like to live in a house made of sod on a vast, treeless prairie, or to be part of the great California Gold Rush? This engaging volume answers these questions and more, telling the personal stories of 15 people who struggled to make this land their home. Photos.

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Part of a three-book series, that is a spin-off of the PBS television series, "The West." The first volume gives an overview of the history of the westward movement, from the conquistadors to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and through the period of the California Gold Rush and later nineteenth-century homesteading. People of the West expands upon several chapters in the first book. The events and individuals spotlighted were obviously selected for their potential interest to the largest range of children (a number of Native Americans, one Mormon multiple wife, and several black entrepreneurs are included.) The black and white photos throughout are well chosen and well reproduced.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 UpThese three books, based on the PBS series, could essentially be incorporated into one volume. Prior knowledge of the West and its history may be helpful; however, the material is so well presented and illustrated (chiefly with archival photographs and reproductions) that novices, scholars, or browsers can dip in anywhere and emerge with useful impressions and/or information. While some of the same ground is covered in a multitude of titles, the presentation is fresh and greatly enlivened by the visuals that appear on every page. For example, The West includes a shot of the copper smelter in Butte, MT, and the statement that surrounding hills were stripped of trees for fuel to fire the furnacesthis happened in many of the mining towns. In addition, coverage is not limited to the famous folks usually written about; instead, photo coverage is given to real people of various ethnic groups. These volumes are a real achievement; they are sure to inform, entertain, and invite further investigation on the subject.George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316196338
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Series:
West (Television Program) Series
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
8.51(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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