Oregon Trail An American Saga

ISBN-10: 0195224000
ISBN-13: 9780195224009
Edition: 2005
Authors: David Dary
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Description: In today's world of jet airplanes and smooth highways, it is nearly impossible to imagine the hardships faced by the thousands of people who headed west along the great Oregon Trail. In this detailed and engaging account, historian David Dary  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

In today's world of jet airplanes and smooth highways, it is nearly impossible to imagine the hardships faced by the thousands of people who headed west along the great Oregon Trail. In this detailed and engaging account, historian David Dary recounts the full saga of the trail's history, from its creation in the early 1800's, to its peak during the '49 Gold Rush, its rapid decline following the completion of the transcontinental railroad, and finally, its revival as a modern day historical treasure. Dary introduces us to the pioneers: trailblazers, fur-traders, and missionaries, who made the first journeys to Oregon County, an internationally disputed territory comprising present-day Washington, Oregon, and California. We learn of the road's steadily increasing popularity, as economic problems or the promise of adventure and wealth lead thousands of homesteaders, gold-rushers, and entrepreneurs to pile their hopes and dreams into wagons and head west. Using journals and letters, as well as company and expedition reports, public records and newspaper stories, Dary takes us inside the day to day experiences of the travelers, as they risked ruin at every step from disease, weather, and human deceit. Trail. Through Dary's expert and comprehensive history, we learn how the events of the day turned a small trickle of pioneering men and women into the greatest mass migration in American history.

David Dary is a writer, journalist, and social historian. Dary worked for newspapers in Kansas and Texas early on in his career and eventually moved on to work for both CBS and NBC news. He then took the position of professor at the William Allan White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. The themes of Dary's books center on many aspects of life in the western United States. Dary has written Red Blood and Black Ink: Journalism in the Old West, Entrepreneurs of the Old West, and Seeking Pleasure in the Old West, which received a Western Writers of America Spur Award. He has also received a Cowboy Hall of Fame Wrangler Award and the Westerner's International Award for his book Cowboy Culture.

Maps
Introduction
The Exploration of Oregon
Astoria
Discovering the Oregon Trail
John McLoughlin and the Missionaries
The American Occupation of Oregon
The Emigrants of 1843
Self-Rule and More Emigrants
Fifty-four Forty or Fight
The Year of Decision
New Zion, More Emigrants, and a Massacre
A Lull Before the Rush
The Gold Rush of 1849
The Hectic Year of 1850
The Changing Road
More Change and Civil War
Decline of the Trail
Rebirth of the Trail
Acknowledgements
Historic Landmarks
Cutoffs and Other Roads
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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