American Frontier: Pioneers, Settlers & Cowboys, 1800-1899

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The story told here is above all about land and people: the vast plains between the Mississippi River and the rocky Mountains; the pioneers, freighters, trappers, entrepreneurs, buffalo hunters, miners, soldiers, sodbusters, gamblers, cowboys, lawmen, gunfighters-individual and collective men and women prepared to fight hostile elements to create a place for themselves- and the Indians of the Great Plains whose land would be usurped and who would ultimately be displaced. The American Frontier portrays the lives ...
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The story told here is above all about land and people: the vast plains between the Mississippi River and the rocky Mountains; the pioneers, freighters, trappers, entrepreneurs, buffalo hunters, miners, soldiers, sodbusters, gamblers, cowboys, lawmen, gunfighters-individual and collective men and women prepared to fight hostile elements to create a place for themselves- and the Indians of the Great Plains whose land would be usurped and who would ultimately be displaced. The American Frontier portrays the lives of these ordinary men and women through artifacts from the magnificent collections of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming. Gathered together and displayed for the first time in over thirty outstanding color spreads, they provide a startling, timely and memorable evocation of frontier America. William C. Davis' fascinating text is complemented by maps, color artworks and over 260 archive photographs.
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Ray Olson
Its dustjacket looks cheap (the same artist's work inside, however, is yeomanly illustrative stuff), but this British import should otherwise quite please Old West fans. Its text, by a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, is literate, economical, and judicious; and its pictures, capaciously reproduced on 13-by-10-inch pages, are utterly captivating. Consisting of the jacket artist's color drawings, plenty of period photos, keyed displays of museum-quality artifacts (e.g., of the accoutrements of the nineteenth-century trapper), and maps (odd-looking, these, canted so that Maine's at 2 o'clock, and each dubbed with the obtuse rubric "Map as at [date] Territory"), they make the tome a browser's delight. To be sure, there's the occasional baffling caption, and some big names you might expect to show up (Calamity Jane, John Wesley Hardin, Mark Twain, Annie Oakley), don't. But Davis' consideration of the economic, political, and sociological currents affecting the flow of western development is more substantial and satisfying than any cataloging of the same bunch of Old West characters could ever be.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780831718251
  • Publisher: Smithmark Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/1992
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 10.49 (w) x 13.32 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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