Trans-Appalachian Frontier: People, Societies, and Institutions, 1775-1850 / Edition 3

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Overview

The first American frontier lay just beyond the Appalachian Mountains and along the
Gulf Coast. Here, successive groups of pioneers built new societies and developed new institutions to cope with life in the wilderness. In this thorough revision of his classic account, Malcolm J.
Rohrbough tells the dramatic story of these men and women from the first Kentucky settlements to the closing of the frontier. Rohrbough divides his narrative into major time periods designed to establish categories of description and analysis, presenting case studies that focus on the county,
the town, the community, and the family, as well as politics and urbanization. He also addresses
Spanish, French, and Native American traditions and the anomalous presence of African slaves in the making of this story.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

William & Mary Quarterly
"...[a] classic that has significantly affected how American frontiers are conceived and how frontiers west of the Appalachian Mountains have been interpreted." —Warren R. Hofstra, Shenanadoah University, WILLIAM AND MARY QUARTERLY, July 2009

— Warren R. Hofstra, Shenanadoah University

Alabama Review
"... a library would not be complete without this work." —Ginette Aley, University of Southern Indiana, Alabama Review, Vol. 62.3 July 2009

— Ginette Aley, University of Southern Indiana

Andrew Cayton

"The definitive history of the subject. Nothing approaches it in the scope of its coverage. I can think of no other book more frequently cited... on the conquest, settlement, and development of the region between the Appalachians and the Great Plains. [It is] the work of a master historian totally in control of his craft." —Andrew Cayton, Distinguished Professor of History, Miami University

WILLIAM AND MARY QUARTERLY - Warren R. Hofstra

"...[a] classic that has significantly affected how American frontiers are conceived and how frontiers west of the Appalachian Mountains have been interpreted." —Warren R. Hofstra, Shenanadoah University, WILLIAM AND MARY QUARTERLY, July 2009

Alabama Review - Ginette Aley

"... a library would not be complete without this work." —Ginette Aley, University of Southern Indiana, Alabama Review, Vol. 62.3 July 2009

From the Publisher
"The definitive history of the subject. Nothing approaches it in the scope of its coverage. I can think of no other book more frequently cited... on the conquest, settlement, and development of the region between the Appalachians and the Great Plains. [It is] the work of a master historian totally in control of his craft." —Andrew Cayton, Distinguished Professor of History, Miami University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253219329
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Series: A History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 696
  • Sales rank: 1,136,779
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm J. Rohrbough is Professor of History at the University of Iowa and co-editor (with Walter Nugent) of the Indiana University Press series A History of the
Trans-Appalachian Frontier.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
A
Note on Citations, Quotations, Maps, and Place
Names

Introduction

Part I. Across the Mountains
1. The
Struggle for Security
2. The Search for Stability
3. Security and Stability in the
Territory Northwest of the Ohio

Part II. The Widening Frontier,
1795-1815
4. The Reach of Government and the Authority of Law Spread across the Western Country
5. Diverse Economies Moving toward Commercial Ends
6. Many
Varied Societies Emerge across the Western Country

Part III. The First Great
Migration, 1815-1830
7. Across the Old Northwest and into
Missouri
8. The Flowering of the Cotton Frontier

Part IV. The Enduring
Frontiers
9. Michigan: The Great Lakes Frontier
10. Florida: A Sectional
Frontier
11. Arkansas: A Frontier More West than South

Part V. The Second
Great Migration, 1830-1850
12. The New Counties of Alabama and Mississippi:
A Frontier More South than West
13. The Last Frontier of the Old Northwest: Illinois, Iowa,
and Wisconsin

Part VI. The Trans-Appalachian West and the Nation
14.
Villages, Towns, and Cities Spread across the Western Country
15. Changing Political
Patterns across Three Generations
16. The Trans-Appalachian West and the
Nation

Notes
Bibliography
Index

Indiana University Press

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