Three Frontiers: Family, Land, and Society in the American West, 1850-1900

Three Frontiers: Family, Land, and Society in the American West, 1850-1900

by Dean L. May
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521434998

ISBN-13: 9780521434997

Pub. Date: 08/28/1994

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book explores the values and aspirations of settlers in the Far West. It compares rural people who settled in the Willamette Valley in the 1840s, the Utah Valley in the 1850s, and the Boise Valley in the 1860s. The Oregon and Utah settlers tried with differing degrees of success to resist the modernizing trends represented by Idaho, but ultimately adopted the

Overview

This book explores the values and aspirations of settlers in the Far West. It compares rural people who settled in the Willamette Valley in the 1840s, the Utah Valley in the 1850s, and the Boise Valley in the 1860s. The Oregon and Utah settlers tried with differing degrees of success to resist the modernizing trends represented by Idaho, but ultimately adopted the individualistic, commercial, and acquisitive values that prevailed in the New West. How did Americans move away from a culture centering on family and kin and from attitudes that valued and protected the land, not for its commercial worth, but as the base of support for future generations? What led to our present tendency to pursue individual pleasure and material well-being at the expense of communal and broader societal well-being? These are questions central to this comparative study of three peoples who pioneered the American frontiers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521434997
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1994
Series:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Modern History Series
Pages:
329
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. A long, tedious journey; 2. His own customs are the best; 3. These savage desert regions; 4. The heirs of my body; 5. The soil to our posterity; 6. The place where we lived; 7. Our paths diverged; Coda; Note on sources; Appendix.

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