Surviving the Oregon Trail: Stories in American History

Surviving the Oregon Trail: Stories in American History

by Rebecca Stefoff
     
 

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In the nineteenth century, over half a million men, women and children traveled west on the Oregon Trail. Stretching two thousand miles from Independence Missouri, to the Pacific Northwest, the Oregon Trail was the longest overland route used in the westward expansion. Crossing mountains and deserts, fighting disease, short of both food and water, pioneers endured… See more details below

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In the nineteenth century, over half a million men, women and children traveled west on the Oregon Trail. Stretching two thousand miles from Independence Missouri, to the Pacific Northwest, the Oregon Trail was the longest overland route used in the westward expansion. Crossing mountains and deserts, fighting disease, short of both food and water, pioneers endured many hardships to follow the trail west with their hopes and dreams of seeking fortunes in the unsettled west.
In SURVIVING THE OREGON TRAIL, author Rebecca Stefoff traces the roots of the Oregon and California Trails back to the seventeenth century, telling the stories of those who left the security and comfort of their homes, to endure months of hard travel in the hope of a new life.

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Children's Literature - Veronica Bartles
Part of the "Stories in American History" series, this book details the westward movement across the Oregon Trail, from the Lewis and Clark expedition to the rush of immigrants heading westward and beyond. Using historical documents, such as diaries, travel logs and guide books, Stefoff paints a picture of the mighty westward expansion. She details the many choices that the pioneers were faced with, and explains that the Oregon Trail, though most famous, was not the only route across the Great Plains. The author explores the culture of the great wagon trains and the politics involved in moving a group of settlers west. Stefoff tells the story of the migration across the Oregon Trail through the histories of real people, giving the story of the trail a wonderful depth and dimension. A timeline and index in the back of the book make it easy to navigate the pages when searching for specific information about the trail. Chapter notes and lists of books and websites for further reading make this book a terrific jumping-off point for researching the westward movement. Perfect for a school library or anyone fascinated by American history. Reviewer: Veronica Bartles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781464504693
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2013
Series:
Stories in American History
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
421,388
File size:
13 MB
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