The Year of Decision 1846

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Year of Decision 1846 tells many fascinating stories of the U.S. explorers who began the western march from the Mississippi to the Pacific, from Canada to the annexation of Texas, California, and the southwest lands from Mexico. It is the penultimate book of a trilogy which includes Across the Wide Missouri (for which DeVoto won both the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes) and The Course of Empire. DeVoto's narrative covers the expanding Western frontier, the Mormons, the Donner party, Fremont's exploration, the Army ...

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Overview

Year of Decision 1846 tells many fascinating stories of the U.S. explorers who began the western march from the Mississippi to the Pacific, from Canada to the annexation of Texas, California, and the southwest lands from Mexico. It is the penultimate book of a trilogy which includes Across the Wide Missouri (for which DeVoto won both the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes) and The Course of Empire. DeVoto's narrative covers the expanding Western frontier, the Mormons, the Donner party, Fremont's exploration, the Army of the West, and takes readers into Native American tribal life.

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"In the first volume of the trilogy, Devoto made 1846 the 'year of the decision.' The reason was that it was in 1846 that America began a war with Mexico that would lead to the annexation of New Mexico, Arizona, and California; and that America settled a long-smoldering dispute with Great Britain and became sovereign in Oregon, thus beginning the process of making the Southwest and West Coast into a part of the American Republic. It was also a peak year in the emigration across the plains and mountains." —Stephen E. Ambrose, from the Introduction

"Bernard DeVoto has woven a pattern of history more meaningful than any of its strands... This rare combination of the scholar's accuracy, the novelist's creative vision, and the historian's insight has won him a distinguished place among American historians." —Garrett Mattingly, author of The Armada

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312267940
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/5/2000
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 572
  • Sales rank: 627,315
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.27 (d)

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Bernard DeVoto (1897-1955), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, was a renowned scholar-historian. Stephen E. Ambrose is the author of Undaunted Courage and D-Day June, 1944 both critically-acclaimed bestsellers.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
New Preface to the Year 2000 Edition
Introduction to the Year 2000 Edition
Calendar
Map
Invocation
I Build Thee More Stately Mansions 3
II The Mountain Man 51
III Pillar of Cloud 69
IV Equinox 102
V Spring Freshet 116
Interlude: Doo-Dah Day 136
VI Oh Susanna! 140
VII "Cain, Where Are Thy Brothers?" 187
Interlude: World of Tomorrow 215
VIII Solstice 222
IX The Image on the Sun 248
X Sonorous Metal 279
XI Continental Divide 301
Interlude: Friday, October 16 338
XII Atomization 340
XIII Trail's End 359
XIV Anabasis in Homespun 388
XV Down from the Sierra 421
XVI Whether It Be Fat or Lean: Canaan 445
XVII Bill of Review - Dismissed 470
Notes 501
Statement of Bibliography 523
Index 529
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