The American Frontier: Pioneers, Settlers and Cowboys 1800-1899

The American Frontier: Pioneers, Settlers and Cowboys 1800-1899

by William C. Davis
     
 

In The American Frontier, historian William C. Davis masterfully chronicles the history of the territory beyond the Mississippi, with particular attention to exploration, expansion, conflict, and settlement. The first bold steps of Lewis and Clark in 1804 inspired the emergence of a nation in a momentous century of migration and settlement. During the next

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In The American Frontier, historian William C. Davis masterfully chronicles the history of the territory beyond the Mississippi, with particular attention to exploration, expansion, conflict, and settlement. The first bold steps of Lewis and Clark in 1804 inspired the emergence of a nation in a momentous century of migration and settlement. During the next few decades, while Texas and California fought to be free of Mexican rule, the slow spread westward began: the Mormons in Utah, the ‘49ers in California, and the development of stage routes, railways, and other overland trails. With the end of the Civil War, in 1865, people of all nations and tongues sped to the West--the pioneers, trappers, entrepreneurs, buffalo hunters, miners, soldiers, gamblers, cowboys, lawmen, gunfighters.

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A triumphalist account of the spread of Euro-Americans across the western half of North America, mostly in photographs, but with accompanying text. Discusses opportunists, politics, racial conflict, community, crime and punishment, daily life, and other aspects. First published in 1992 by Salamander Books, London. 13" high. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806131290
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Pages:
251
Sales rank:
1,292,004
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 12.60(h) x 0.50(d)

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Robert Utley
Here is the American frontier, rolling west from the Atlantic to the Pacific - a story of rapacity, violence, and tragedy combined with grandeur and a triumph, as recounted by one of America's premier historical writers.
—Robert Utley, author of The Indian Frontier of the American West and Cavalier in Bucksin: George Armstrong Custer and the Western Military Frontier

Meet the Author


William C. Davis is professor of history at Virginia Tech and Director of Programs at Virginia Tech's Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. He has written more than fifty books on the Civil War and Southern history.

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