Westward Expansion: A History of the American Frontier / Edition 6

Westward Expansion: A History of the American Frontier / Edition 6

by Ray Allen Billington, Martin Ridge
     
 

When it appeared in 1949, the first edition of Ray Allen Billington's Westward Expansion set a new standard for scholarship in western American history, and the book's reputation among historians, scholars, and students grew through four subsequent editions. This abridgment and revision of Billington and Martin Ridge's fifth edition, with a new introduction

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When it appeared in 1949, the first edition of Ray Allen Billington's Westward Expansion set a new standard for scholarship in western American history, and the book's reputation among historians, scholars, and students grew through four subsequent editions. This abridgment and revision of Billington and Martin Ridge's fifth edition, with a new introduction and additional scholarship by Ridge, as well as an updated bibliography, focuses on the Trans-Mississippi frontier.

Although the text sets out the remarkable story of the American frontier, which became, almost from the beginning, an archetypal narrative of the new American nation's successful expansion, the authors do not forget the social, environmental, and human cost of national expansion. While most Americans take pride in the nation's frontier heritage and its associated myths, they also share that history with others—especially with people of color—in whose collective memories the story of the American west is rendered both dark and painful. Westward Expansion encourages an understanding of American "westering" that is mindful of the racism and excessive nationalism that frequently marred the Western frontier experience. At the same time, the authors understand a sense of optimism, a profound faith in individuals' own abilities, the willingness to innovate, and an abiding trust in democracy to be the transcendent values of the frontier experience, traits that continue to influence the character of America's people long after the close of the western frontier.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826319814
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
Sixth edition, an abridgment
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Frontier Hypothesis1
Ch. 1Westward to the Mississippi13
Ch. 2The Land and the People45
Ch. 3The Spanish-Mexican Frontier, 1540-177661
Ch. 4The Traders' Frontier, 1776-184083
Ch. 5The Mississippi Valley Frontier, 1803-1840107
Ch. 6The Taking of Texas, 1820-1845125
Ch. 7The Occupation of Oregon, 1825-1846151
Ch. 8The Great Basin Frontier, 1830-1846175
Ch. 9The Conquest of California, 1830-1846193
Ch. 10Conquest and Controversy, 1846-1850215
Ch. 11The West and Slavery, 1850-1860237
Ch. 12The Miners' Frontier, 1858-1875259
Ch. 13The Transportation Frontier, 1858-1884279
Ch. 14The Indian Barrier, 1860-1887299
Ch. 15The Ranchers' Frontier, 1865-1887321
Ch. 16Opening the Plains, 1870-1890341
Ch. 17The Farmers' Frontier, 1870-1890357
Conclusion: The Frontier Heritage377
Selected Readings391
Index426

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