The Foul, Filthy American Frontier: The Disgusting Details about the Journey Out West

The Foul, Filthy American Frontier: The Disgusting Details about the Journey Out West

by Heather E. Schwartz
     
 

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From dust storms and swarms of bugs to poisonous water and spoiled food, life could be filthy for pioneers in the American West. Get ready to explore the nasty side of life on the American frontier.

Imagine having your teeth yanked out by a barber. Or picture yourself feasting on stale crackers filled with maggots. From dirt pits used as bathrooms to homes

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From dust storms and swarms of bugs to poisonous water and spoiled food, life could be filthy for pioneers in the American West. Get ready to explore the nasty side of life on the American frontier.

Imagine having your teeth yanked out by a barber. Or picture yourself feasting on stale crackers filled with maggots. From dirt pits used as bathrooms to homes crawling with critters, life could be pretty disgusting for people long ago. Engaging text, period photos and illustrations, and primary source excerpts bring the nasty times to life.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-8–Living up to the series title, these books expose the nasty side of history. Each title opens with a brief overview and time line, followed by two- to three-page chapters that discuss the dirty and disgusting conditions that were prevalent in the past. Topics include excretion and sanitation, spoiled food, grisly medical procedures, bug infestations, and early death. Large illustrations and photos, that are dramatic but not overly explicit, add to the texts. These books, which prove that the “good old days” never existed, are gross enough to be surefire hits.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429663526
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
02/28/2011
Series:
Disgusting History Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
663,235
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Heather E. Schwartz writes books for kids from her home in upstate New York. She loves writing because she loves learning new things, brainstorming creative ideas, and moving words around on a page. In her spare time, she runs a website for young writers (WriteintheMiddle.co). She also enjoys baking cookies in fun shapes, throwing holiday parties, walking in the woods, eating cider donuts, and spending time with her family.

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