Winning the Wild West : the epic saga of the American frontier, 1800-1899
|Format:||Print Book 2002|
|Availability:||Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies|
One of the greatest stories of nineteenth-century America is its expansion into the lands west of the Mississippi. Now acclaimed author Page Stegner shows in one sweeping volume how the opening of the western frontier ignited and defined a young nation's spirit of enterprise and discovery. WINNING THE WILD WEST is an illustrated celebration of that epoch, rich in the deeds and exploits of legendary and forgotten characters, replete with hundreds of never-before-published artefacts and archival images reproduced in full colour. Stories of life on the frontier fire our imaginations, but Page Stegner looks upon this epic story with an unflinching gaze, recognising, as Larry McMurtry notes in his foreword, how severe and equivocal the struggle to 'win' the West was. The American West was once filled with millions of buffalo that were needlessly slaughtered, the rivers were also mismanaged and California, the most western state, saw the complete eradication of native tribes now lost forever. From Lewis and Clark to the massacre at Wounded Knee, Page Stegner re-creates an engrossing, gorgeous panorama of trappers, wagon trains, cattle drives, guns, gold rushes, outlaws, lawmen, settlers,
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Frontier and pioneer life
-- West (U.S.)
West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century -- Pictorial works.
West (U.S.) -- Discovery and exploration.
United States -- Territorial expansion.
|Publisher|| New York :Free Press,2002
400 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 392-393) and index.