The Health of the Country: How American Settlers Understood Themselves and Their Land

The Health of the Country: How American Settlers Understood Themselves and Their Land

by Conevery Valencius

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The Health of the Country: How American Settlers Understood Themselves and Their Land by Conevery Valencius


In this vivid history of American western expansion, Conevery Bolton Valencius captures the excitement, romanticism, and confusion of the frontier experience as well as another, less renowned reality of settling: how terrifying the untamed wilderness of the West was to its homesteaders. In a time when good health was thought to involve perfectly balanced humors, settlers thought that the wild extremes of the borderlands disrupted the delicate equilibrium of their bodies. Valencius is the first historian to show that the settlers' primary criterion for uncharted land was its perceived health or sickliness. This is a beautifully written, fresh account of the gritty details of American expansion, animated by the voices of the settlers themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465089871
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 08/04/2004
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 4.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author


Conevery Bolton Valencius received her Ph.D. from Harvard. In 2000 she won the prestigious Allan Nevins Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians for best-written dissertation in American history. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where she is an assistant professor at Washington University.

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