Empires, Nations, and Families A New History of the North American West, 1800-1860

ISBN-10: 0062225154
ISBN-13: 9780062225153
Edition: N/A
Authors: Anne F. Hyde
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Book details

List price: $26.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

“Ingenious. A magnificent scholarly achievement. A sweeping new narrative account of [western] history. A book to ponder and plunder.”—Virginia Scharff, Western Quarterly Review “Not only well researched and presented but instantly absorbing.”—Adrienne Caughfield, Journal of American History Pulitzer Prize nominee and winner of the Bancroft Prize—historical writing’s most prestigious award—Empires, Nations, and Families is an epic work of American History that fills in the blanks on the map of the American West between 1800 and 1860. Historian Anne F. Hyde—author of An American Vision: Far Western Landscape and National Culture and co-author (with William Deverell) of The West in the History of the Nation—tells a riveting true story of Native Americans, entrepreneurs, fur trappers and fur traders in a vibrant “wilderness” to which Daniel Boone himself was a Johnny-come-lately.

Anne F. Hyde is a professor of history at Colorado College. She is the author ofAn American Vision: Far Western Landscape and National Cultureand coauthor, with William Deverell, ofThe West in the History of the Nation.

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Acknowledgments: Adventures in the Land of the Dead
Introduction: The Geography of Empire in 1804
St. Louis
Mchilimackinac
Santa Fe
The Pacific Coast
Family Stories
"Died Single"
Why Fur and Why Families?
Sources and Definitions
Maps and Signposts
Replacing a State: The Continental Web of Family Trade
Families and Fur: The Personal World of the Early American West
The Chouteau Family and the Missouri River World
"Middle Ground" or "Native Ground"?
"Tough Love" and Family Loyalty
On the Trail of Wealth and Opportunity
The Sublette Brothers and Their Family Business
Chasing Fortune and Family
Americans in Mexico, Californios in America
Dangerous Places
Fort Vancouver's Families: The Custom of the Country
Cogs in the Fur Trade
The Local and Global Communities of the Columbia
The M�tis World of John McLoughlin
The Tentacles of International Trade
The McLoughlins and the Company
Life and Work on the Columbia
Global Ambitions
The Fine Mesh of the Family Network
Immigrants, Nations, and the Loss of a Family Empire
Murder at Fort Stikine and Suicide in California
Three Western Places: Regional Communities and Vecinidad
William Bent's Border World
Bent's Fort and Its Neighborhood
Omens and Weddings
Norte�os and Yanquis in Alta California
Captain Sutter's New Helvetia
Dinner and Diplomacy in Northern California
Portents of Change
Stephen Austin's Border World
Planting Colonies in Texas
Austin's Fractious Neighborhood
Americans All: The Mixed World of Indian Country
The Early West: The Many Faces of Indian Country
Cherokee, Shawnee, and Osage
The View from Fort Osage
The View from St. Louis
Change, Loss, and Warfare on the Missouri
The Arikara War
M�tis and Half-Breed in an Anglo West
Empires in Transition: Indian Country at Midcentury, 1825-1860
Counting Indians
Expanding Power
The Santa Fe Trail
Native Nations and Texas Revolution
Retrenchment and Resistance
The Osages and Accommodation on the Arkansas
Good Fathers and the Fur Trade
Captivity Tales and Epidemic Disease
From Nations to Nation: Imposing a State, 1840-1865
Unintended Consequences: Families, Nations, and the Mexican War
What If Guadalupe Boggs Married Teresina Carson?
Questions of Citizenship and Identity
Joseph Smith and the Origins of Mormonism
Mexican Revolutions
Continental Rumor Factories
The Bent Family and the Vagaries of War
Bent's Choice
Brigham Young and the Choices of War
Hard Choices in California
The McLoughlins' Choice
Border Wars: Disorder and Disaster in the 1850s
The Evolving Fur Trade World
Postwar Family and Business on the Arkansas
Indian Wars in the Pacific Northwest
Oregon's Bloody Legacy
The Failure Of Warfare and Washington's Native Nations
Nation Building in the Southwest
Raising Families and Fighting Wars
The State and Its Handmaidens: Imposing Order
Civil Threats and the Mormons
The Personal Politics of Polygamy and Theocracy
The Almost War and the Massacre in Utah
Conquest and Chaos in California
A Nation of Squatters
While Kansas Bled and Native People Fled
The Pesky Details of Popular Sovereignty
A National Horror Show
The Minnesota Uprising of 1862
Sand Creek and the Bent Family Nightmare
Epilogue: How It All Turned Out
Sonoma
Los Angeles
Taos
The Arkansas River
Oregon
St. Louis
Kawsmouth
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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