The Plains Across: The Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1840-60 / Edition 1

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The most honored book ever released by the University of Illinois Press, The Plains Across was the result of more than a decade's work by its author. Here, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Oregon Trail, is a paperback reissue that includes the notes, bibliography, and illustrations contained in the 1979 cloth edition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252063602
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 1,308,557
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Historians and the Overlanders 3
Ch. 1 Public Opinion, 1849-60: "Palpable Homicide" Or "Merry as a Marriage Bell"? 28
Ch. 2 Public Opinion, 1849-60: Humbugging and Helping 62
Ch. 3 Motivations and Beginnings: "Life at a Fair" 90
Ch. 4 Emigrant Interaction: "Our Journey Has Not Been as Solitary as We Feared" 118
Ch. 5 Emigrant-Indian Interaction: From "Mutual Aid" To "Massacres" 156
Ch. 6 The Federal Government: "Good Fellow Uncle Sam Is" 201
Ch. 7 Private Entrepreneurs, 1840-49: "While Others Are Chasing Wealth They Are Catching It, No Dream" 244
Ch. 8 Private Entrepreneurs, 1850-60: "Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth" 267
Ch. 9 The Mormon "Halfway House": "It Cost Nothing to Get in, But a Great Deal to Get Out" 302
Ch. 10 West Coast Assistance: "Are You Men from California, Or Do You Come from Heaven?" 338
Ch. 11 The Overlanders in Historical Perspective: "To Endure Heat Like a Salamander. . . and Labor Like a Jackass" 379
Notes 417
Bibliography 519
Index 555
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