Seeing the Elephant: Voices from the Oregon Trail

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"The target audience for this book is middle and high school students. However, its information will appeals to a far broader audience. . . . .A useful introduction to trail travel and associated incidents."—Journal of the West"[A] little gem of a book."—Overland JournalTheirs has been called America's single largest voluntary, historical migration. From the late 1830's to the mid-1870's—a span of just over forty years—nearly half a million ordinary folk left farms and families, friends, and all that was ...
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"The target audience for this book is middle and high school students. However, its information will appeals to a far broader audience. . . . .A useful introduction to trail travel and associated incidents."—Journal of the West"[A] little gem of a book."—Overland JournalTheirs has been called America's single largest voluntary, historical migration. From the late 1830's to the mid-1870's—a span of just over forty years—nearly half a million ordinary folk left farms and families, friends, and all that was familiar and turned their faces west to Oregon, to California, to the valley of the Great Salt Lake, and to the gold fields of Montana. All "saw the elephant" along the Oregon Trail.Whether viewed from the perspective of Manifest Destiny or through the vision-dreams of tribal elders, this mass overland migration to the "Land of Milk and Honey" forever changed our nation and forever altered the way Americans saw themselves. The clash of cultures and beliefs that followed left its mark upon the American spirit as indelibly as the Oregon Trail rutted the land over which it crossed.Seeing the Elephant lets the people of the Trail speak for themselves and their times. Drawn from first-hand accounts in diaries, journals, and letters and interpreted by the author of the much acclaimed Sacagawea Speaks, their voices ring true. From Narcissa Whitman, who made an amazing trek into the unknown in 1836, through Lucy Alice Ide, who proclaimed her own modern passage in 1878, each voice of Seeing the Elephant is infused with character and instruction—and the immediacy that comes only from living history.Seeing the Elephant leaps from our nation's historic archives into the imagination. Timelines, maps, photographs, and historical illustrations enable readers young and old to trace Trail migration chronologically and geographically.

Provides paintings, photographs, newspaper articles, and fictionalized diaries of real people who traveled the Oregon Trail throughout the nineteenth century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896725041
  • Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
What Happened When: A Brief Chronology 1
Wagon Train By-Laws, 1849 6
Articles of Agreement, 1864 7
Outfit for Oregon, 1847 9
From Emigrant's Guide to California, 1849 11
From The Prairie Traveler: Handbook for Overland Travelers, 1859 13
From Ox Team Days on the Oregon Trail, 1852 15
History and Interpretation 19
Narcissa Whitman, Into the Unknown, 1836 21
Thomas Jefferson Farnham, Go West, Young Man! 1839 48
Jesse Applegate, A Boy's Grand Adventure, 1843 80
Catherine Sager, Oregon Trail Orphan, 1844 110
Abigail Scott, Where Many Fond Hopes Have Been Laid, 1852 130
Ezra Meeker, The Trail Was a Battlefield, 1852 154
Helen Stewart, Oh Dear, Oh Dear! This Is Going to Oregon, 1853 177
Fincelius G. Burnett, Army Indian Fighter on the Overland Trail, 1865 197
Mrs. Lucy Alice Ide, Trail's End - Thus We All Are Scattered, 1878 218
Summary 239
Historical Photographs and Artifacts 243
Bibliography 253
Index 257
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