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The American West : Native Americans, pioneers, and settlers
Hatt, Christine.
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Publication Information:
New York : Peter Bedrick Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
62 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 30 cm.
Surveys the settling of the American West, using excerpts from contemporary sources to highlight the original Native American inhabitants, the arrival of fur traders, the Gold Rush, Mormon migrations, the growth of cattle-ranching, and more.
Reading Level:
1050 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.7 5 Quiz: 24180.
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F591 .H287 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Portrays the reality of the American West by looking at its original inhabitants, the American Indians, and their culture; then at the explorers and trappers who opened up the West to settlement; and finally at the men, women, and children who went west and settled there.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Utilizing a layout similar to DK titles, Hatt presents an extremely broad overview of the arrival of "non-Native Americans in the West." The book consists of four temporal sections each containing two-page chapters exploring such subjects as "The Louisiana Purchase," "Indian Removal," the Gold Rush, and a settler's daily life. The ambitious scope paired with the brevity of discussion results in a choppy narrative. Photographs (including one of Jesse James in his coffin), maps, original documents, and charts provide useful additional information. For example, when discussing Native Americans, the author supports her point with an excerpt from an original statement to demonstrate President Jackson's abhorrent treatment of them. Hatt recognizes the lack of representation of the lives of minorities in films but fails to develop a full-length discussion regarding their circumstances and opportunities. A visually strong work that is somewhat limited by its abbreviated text.-Laura Glaser, Euless Junior High School, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.