Westward Expansion A History of the American Frontier

ISBN-10: 0826319815
ISBN-13: 9780826319814
Edition: 6th 2001 (Abridged)
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Book details

Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 8/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

When it appeared in 1949, the first edition of Ray Allen Billington's 'Westward Expansion' set a new standard for scholarship in western American history, and the book's reputation among historians, scholars, and students grew through four subsequent editions. This abridgment and revision of Billington and Martin Ridge's fifth edition, with a new introduction and additional scholarship by Ridge, as well as an updated bibliography, focuses on the Trans-Mississippi frontier. Although the text sets out the remarkable story of the American frontier, which became, almost from the beginning, an archetypal narrative of the new American nation's successful expansion, the authors do not forget the social, environmental, and human cost of national expansion.

Preface
Introduction: The Frontier Hypothesisp. 1
Westward to the Mississippip. 13
The Land and the Peoplep. 45
The Spanish-Mexican Frontier, 1540-1776p. 61
The Traders' Frontier, 1776-1840p. 83
The Mississippi Valley Frontier, 1803-1840p. 107
The Taking of Texas, 1820-1845p. 125
The Occupation of Oregon, 1825-1846p. 151
The Great Basin Frontier, 1830-1846p. 175
The Conquest of California, 1830-1846p. 193
Conquest and Controversy, 1846-1850p. 215
The West and Slavery, 1850-1860p. 237
The Miners' Frontier, 1858-1875p. 259
The Transportation Frontier, 1858-1884p. 279
The Indian Barrier, 1860-1887p. 299
The Ranchers' Frontier, 1865-1887p. 321
Opening the Plains, 1870-1890p. 341
The Farmers' Frontier, 1870-1890p. 357
Conclusion: The Frontier Heritagep. 377
Selected Readingsp. 391
Indexp. 426
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