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Title:
Daily life on the nineteenth century American frontier
Author:
Jones, Mary Ellen, 1937-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xiv, 269 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
The American frontier : simple stereotype, complex reality -- Life on the fur frontier -- Life on the explorers' frontier -- Life on the miners' frontier : the new Eldorado -- Life on the land : Alien exotics-cowboys and settlers -- The Indian frontier and the frontier regulars : the army and the Indians on the Great Plains.
ISBN:
9780313296345
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The nineteenth century American frontier comes alive for students and interested readers in this unique exploration of westward expansion. This study examines the daily lives of ordinary men and women who flooded into the Trans-Mississippi West in search of land, fortune, a fresh start, and a new identity. Their daily life was rarely easy. If they were to survive, they had to adapt to the land and modify every aspect of their lives, from housing to transportation, from education to defense, from food gathering and preparation to the establishment of rudimentary laws and social structures. They also had to adapt to the Native Americans already on the land--whether through acculturation, warfare, or coexistence.

Jones provides insight into the experiences that affected the daily lives of the diverse people who inhabited the American frontier: the Native Americans, trappers, explorers, ranchers, homesteaders, soldiers and townspeople. This fascinating book gives a sense of the extraordinary ordinariness of surviving, prospering, failing, and dying in a new land; and explores how these westering Americans inevitably displaced those already bound to the land by tradition, culture, and religion. A wealth of illustrations complement the text of this easy-to use reference.


Author Notes

MARY ELLEN JONES is Director of American Studies and Associate Professor of English at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Among other works, she is author of The American Frontier (1994), Christopher Columbus and His Legacy (1992), and John Jakes: A Critical Companion (Greenwood, 1996).


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Booklist Review

This useful and wide-ranging series for high-schoolers continues with four new volumes. These kinds of books typically focus on specific locations and eras; an interesting aspect of Greenwood's series is that it sometimes takes a more topical approach, as in the Holocaust volume.


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