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Title:
The complete idiot's guide to the Old West
Author:
Flanagan, Mike.
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Publication Information:
New York : Alpha Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxix, 450 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780028629452
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Examines the good, the bad and the ugly of the untamed West, with accounts of the earliest North American peoples, the legendary frontiersmen, the homesteaders, the gun fighters and the scouts who have stirred imaginations for over 200 years.


Author Notes

Mike Flanagan is author of Out West and The Old West: Day by Day, as well as a children's play, Westward Ho! He lives in Denver, Colorado.


Table of Contents

Part 1 Dawn of the Westp. 1
1 Out Where the West Beginsp. 3
From the Great Plains to the Pacificp. 3
Crossing the Land Bridgep. 4
The Early Culturesp. 4
A Golden Age Dawnsp. 6
The Empires of Mexicop. 8
2 Comes a Horsemanp. 11
Enter the Spanishp. 11
Cortes the Killerp. 12
Seven Cities of Goldp. 14
The Journey of Coronadop. 15
Colonizing with Juan de Onatep. 18
In Old Santa Fep. 19
3 When the West Was Eastp. 21
A French Scenep. 21
The British Are Comingp. 22
Powwowing with Powhatanp. 22
Meanwhile, Up Northp. 25
Mayflower Movingp. 25
"I'll Take Manhattan"p. 26
Getting Acquainted: The Colonial Warsp. 27
New World Fallout from Europe's Constant Warsp. 28
The French and Indian Warp. 29
The Conspiracy of Pontiacp. 32
4 Missions Accomplishedp. 35
The Pueblo Revoltp. 35
Eyeing Texasp. 37
Massacre at San Sabap. 38
California, Here I Comep. 39
A Sense of Yumap. 41
Time Running Outp. 42
5 Tales of the Old Northwestp. 43
Frontier Timesp. 43
"Elbow Room!" Cried Daniel Boonep. 43
The Revolution Rides Westp. 47
George Rogers Clark to the Rescuep. 47
Lord Dunmore's Warp. 48
The Butler Did Itp. 49
Treaties and Ordinances, Take Onep. 50
Little Turtle, Miami Hurricanep. 51
I'm Just Mad About Anthonyp. 52
The Battle of Fallen Timbersp. 52
Part 2 Go West, Young Manp. 55
6 Across the Great Dividep. 57
Roll on Columbia, Roll onp. 57
Brainstorming with Thomas Jeffersonp. 57
The Louisiana Purchasep. 59
The Lewis and Clark Expeditionp. 60
The West's First Female Folk Herop. 62
Shoshone Reunionp. 64
Sacagawea's Life After Lewis and Clarkp. 68
Pike's Peekp. 68
Pike and the Treachery of Aaron Burrp. 69
The Great American Desertp. 70
7 Give Your Heart to the Hawksp. 73
The First Mountain Manp. 73
Astoriap. 76
Eastern War, Western Woesp. 78
Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canalp. 79
The Santa Fe Trailp. 80
Bent's Fortp. 81
The Mountain Man Hall of Famep. 81
Farewell to the Beaver Bizp. 91
8 Blazing the Trail of Tearsp. 93
Go Down Tecumsehp. 93
Black Hawk's Warp. 96
Old Hickory Gets Toughp. 96
The Indian Removal Act of 1830p. 97
The Five Civilized Tribesp. 97
End of the Trail, Part Onep. 104
9 Davy Crockett and the Alamop. 105
King of the Wild Frontierp. 105
Moses in the Promised Landp. 107
Stephen Austin Takes Overp. 107
Incidents at Anahuacp. 108
The Gonzales Cannonp. 109
A Ragtag Revolutionp. 109
Bowie Bows onto the Stagep. 110
Preparing for Warp. 111
The First Battle of the Alamop. 111
Remembering the Alamop. 112
Slaughter at Goliadp. 114
Reckoning at San Jacintop. 115
The Birth of a New Republicp. 116
10 The Way Westp. 117
O, Pioneers!p. 117
The First to Oregonp. 118
A Major Factorp. 118
On a Mission from Godp. 119
The Whitman Disasterp. 121
Conquest by Diseasep. 123
Bibles Westp. 124
Pathfinding with Fremontp. 125
Oregon Feverp. 126
Wagon Trainsp. 127
Dining With the Donnersp. 127
Francis Parkman and The Oregon Trailp. 130
When the Saints Go Marching Westp. 131
Westward Ho!p. 133
11 The Mexican Warp. 135
"Fifty-Four Forty or Fight!"p. 135
Mexican Politics as Usualp. 136
Stephen Kearny and the "Army of the West"p. 139
The Bear Flag Revoltp. 139
Back to Mexicop. 141
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgop. 143
12 Gold!p. 145
In Old Californiap. 145
Mr. Sutter's Millp. 145
Gold Feverp. 148
Kung Fu Fortune Huntingp. 150
Levi Strauss's Personal Money-Makersp. 150
San Francisco '49ersp. 151
Express Yourselfp. 152
Dig Thisp. 154
After the Gold Rushp. 156
Part 3 The Big Countryp. 157
13 High Plains Driftingp. 159
The Treaty at Fort Laramiep. 159
The Grattan Fightp. 160
The Battle of Blue Waterp. 161
The Early Years of Crazy Horsep. 161
The Mountain Meadows Massacrep. 162
The Most Famous Missing Child in the Westp. 164
A Failure to Communicatep. 166
14 The Stage, the Horse, and the Wirep. 167
Stagecoach!p. 167
The Overland Mailp. 168
Pikes Peak or Bustp. 168
The Pony Expressp. 171
A Legend in Black and Red Inkp. 173
Going West, Young Man, Going Westp. 174
How the West Was Wiredp. 175
15 The War Goes Westp. 177
Slavery Legislation Before the Warp. 177
The Kansas-Nebraska Actp. 178
Bleeding Kansasp. 178
The Texas Secessionp. 180
Lincoln Logs Onp. 181
Show Me the Warp. 181
The Battle of Pea Ridgep. 182
The Gettysburg of the Westp. 182
Minnesota Uprisingp. 183
A Raider Called Quantrillp. 184
Bloody Bill Andersonp. 186
The First Battle of Adobe Wallsp. 186
Massacre at Sand Creekp. 187
Peace at Appomattoxp. 190
16 Red Cloud's War and Morep. 191
The Comstock Lodep. 191
Blazing the Bozeman Trailp. 192
The Wrath of Red Cloudp. 192
Winds of Changep. 198
The Buffalo Soldiersp. 200
The Making of George Armstrong Custerp. 201
17 The Iron Horsep. 205
All Aboard!p. 205
Hey Judahp. 206
Tales of the Central Pacificp. 208
Tales of the Union Pacificp. 209
Ten Miles in a Dayp. 211
The Driving of the Golden Spikep. 212
The Trains Kept A-Rollin'p. 213
18 Little Houses on the Prairiep. 215
Y'all Come!p. 215
Tall Tales from High Timber Countryp. 216
Meeker's Follyp. 218
Esther's Tea Partyp. 220
The Grand Old Woman of Oregonp. 221
Little Author on the Prairiep. 222
Settling Downp. 223
Part 4 Back in the Saddlep. 225
19 Ride 'Em Cowboyp. 227
The First Cowboysp. 227
Mama, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboysp. 228
The Log of a Cowboyp. 231
The Legend of Pecos Billp. 232
Cow Townsp. 233
Cattle Barons and Baronessesp. 236
John B. Invents the Stetsonp. 238
Black Cowboysp. 239
Writing the West with Charles Siringop. 241
The Sheepherdersp. 242
Don't Fence Me Inp. 243
The Last Roundupp. 245
20 Wanted Dead or Alivep. 247
The Bandit Joaquinp. 247
The First Train Robbersp. 249
Frank and Jesse, the Early Yearsp. 250
Youngers!p. 258
Black Bartp. 260
John Wesley Hardinp. 262
Belle Starrp. 264
Sam Bassp. 267
The Outlaw Trailp. 268
21 Have Gun, Will Travelp. 269
Wild Bill Hickokp. 269
Calamity Janep. 274
Bat Mastersonp. 276
Wyatt Earpp. 278
The Nine Lives of Elfego Bacap. 279
Ben Thompsonp. 281
The Gambling Jonesp. 282
Doc Hollidayp. 284
Luke Shortp. 285
The Hour of the Gunp. 286
22 Raw Law, Rough Justicep. 289
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Beanp. 289
Tales of the Texas Rangersp. 292
The Pinkertonsp. 292
Rocky Mountain Detectivesp. 293
The Hanging Judgep. 293
Fastest Attorney in the Westp. 296
The Last of the West's Great Sheriffsp. 297
The Letter of the Lawp. 299
23 Painting the Picturep. 301
Down the Coloradop. 301
The Palette of Yellowstonep. 303
William Henry Jackson Exposes the Westp. 304
The Soul of Thomas Moranp. 305
The Landscape of Albert Bierstadtp. 306
Travel Writing in the Westp. 307
The Art of Frederic Remingtonp. 308
Charles M. Russell: Cowboy with a Paintbrushp. 310
The Artistic Trailp. 312
Part 5 End of the Trailp. 313
24 The Moon When the Leaves Fall Offp. 315
The Modoc Warp. 315
Where the Buffalo Roamp. 317
The Orator of the Plainsp. 319
Quanah Parker, Last Chief of the Comanchep. 321
Paha Sapap. 325
25 Custer on the Little Bighornp. 327
Sitting Bullp. 327
Ready for Warp. 329
Battle of the Powder Riverp. 329
Custer Joins the Campaignp. 330
Sitting Bull's Dreamp. 331
Battle on the Rosebudp. 331
In Search of the Little Bighornp. 331
Read All About Itp. 335
Mrs. Custer Carries Onp. 335
Who Killed Custer?p. 336
The End of Black Hills Resistancep. 338
26 Apache Bloodp. 339
Mangas Coloradasp. 339
Cochise Carries the Struggle Forwardp. 342
In the Days of Victoriop. 343
Geronimop. 345
Apache Twilightp. 350
27 I Will Fight No More Foreverp. 351
The Battle of Slim Buttesp. 351
Get Crazy Horsep. 352
The Ordeal of Chief Josephp. 353
Cheyenne Autumnp. 357
The Ghost Dancep. 359
Big Foot Reactsp. 362
Part 6 The Sun Sinks Slowlyp. 365
28 The Saga of Billy the Kidp. 367
Manhattan Transferp. 367
Silver City Teenp. 368
First Bloodp. 368
Riding with Bill Bonneyp. 369
Lincoln Countyp. 369
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kidp. 375
Riding Againp. 377
29 Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Diep. 379
Finding a Tombstonep. 379
Johnny Ringop. 380
Here Come the Earpsp. 380
Old Man Clantonp. 382
Somebody Robbed the Tombstone Stagep. 382
The Gunfight at the O.K. Corralp. 384
Doc's Last Ridep. 387
The Shadow of Wyattp. 388
Tombstone's Epitaphp. 388
30 They Went Thattawayp. 391
The Unassigned Landsp. 391
North to Alaskap. 394
The Dalton Gangp. 395
The Doolin Gangp. 398
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kidp. 399
I, Tom Hornp. 403
31 Riding into the Sunsetp. 407
Buffalo Bill Codyp. 407
Annie Get Your Gunp. 413
Passing the Torchp. 416
Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?p. 420
Native Sons and Daughtersp. 420
Happy Trailsp. 421
Appendices
A Timeline of the Westp. 423
B Further Readingp. 427
C Western Lingo Glossaryp. 433
Indexp. 437

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