First West Writing from the American Frontier, 1776-1860

ISBN-10: 0195141334

ISBN-13: 9780195141337

Edition: 2001

Authors: Edward Watts, David Rachels

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A collection of American Trans-Appalachian literature from 1776-1860. Interest in the influence of the frontier on American writers has been increasing in the last decade, and this is the first anthology of literary works concerned with or originating in the Trans-Appalachian region from the Declaration of Independence to the onset of the Civil War. This volume brings together sixty selections, which trace historic events in the early westward movement in treaties with native American nations, government ordinances, slave narratives, and pioneer accounts. It also reflects the growth of creative literature in poetry and prose during the same period. Including literary and non-literary writing from such well-known figures as Thomas Jefferson, William Bartram, Margaret Fuller, Black Hawk, and Abraham Lincoln, this volume will challenge students' ideas about the American frontier, the West, and the processes of contact, settlement, community, and class.
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List price: $119.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/21/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 960
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.882

Edward Watts is professor of English at Michigan State University. He is author or coeditor of four books, including An American Colony: Regionalism and the Roots of Midwestern Culture.

Thematic Contents
J. Hector St.
From Letters from an American Farmer (1782)
William Bartram (1739-1823)
From Travels through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida
The Cherokee Country
The Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws (1791)
Manasseh Cutler (1742-1823)
An Explanation of the Map of Federal Lands (1787)
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
Report of a Plan of Government for the Western Territory (1784)
Letter to John Breckenridge (1803)
John Filson (c. 1747-1788)
From The Discovery, Settlement, and Present State of Kentucke: And an Essay
Toward the Topography, and Natural History of That Important Country (1784)
The Adventures of Col.
George Rogers Clarke (1752-1818)
From The Conquest of the Illinois (1788)
Hugh Henry Brackenridge (1748-1816)
The Trial of Mamachtaga (1785;1806;1808)
From Incidents of the Insurrection (1795)
Dr. John Knight (?-1838)
The Narrative of
The Northwest Ordinance (1787)
Gilbert Imlay (c. 1754?-1828?)
From The Emigrants (1793)
Selected Treaties between the United States and Native American Tribes
Treaty with the Cherokee (1791)
Treaty of Greenville (1795)
Treaty of
Treaty of Prairie du Chien (1829)
Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809)
From Original Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806
Black Hawk (Ma-Ka-Tai-Me-She-Kia-Kiak) (1767-1838)
From The Life of Black Hawk (1833)
Zadok Cramer (1773-1813)
From The Navigator (1814)
James Kirke Paulding (1778-1860)
From The Backwoodsman (1818)
Charles Ball (1781-?)
From Slavery in the United States: A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Charles Ball, a Black Man (1837)
Timothy Flint (1780-1840)
From Recollections of the Last Ten Years in the Valley of the Mississippi (1826)
The Indian Fighter (1830)
Nimrod Buckskin, Esq. (1832)
John Tanner (1780-1847)
From A Narrative of the Captivity and Adventures of John Tanner (1830)
Robert Breckinridge McAfee (1784-1849)
From History of the Late War in the Western Country (1816)
John James Audubon (1785-1851)
The Prairie (1831)
Kentucky Sports (1831)
Colonel Boon (1831)
The Squatters of the Mississippi (1833)
Minor Native Voices
Tecumseh (1771-1813), Speech at Malden (1813)
Jane Johnston Schoolcraft (1800-1841), Otagamiad (1827)
George W. Harkins (?-?), Farewell Letter to the American People (1832)
Daniel Drake (1785-1852)
Remarks on the Importance of Promoting Literary and Social Concert in the Valley of the Mississippi (1833)
Discourse on the History, Character, and Prospects of the West (1834)
Henry Marie Brackenridge (1786-1871)
From Views of Louisiana (1814)
Lydia B. Bacon (1786-1853)
From Biography of
David Crockett (1786-1836)
From A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett (1834)
James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)
From The Prairie (1827)
Daniel Bryan (c. 1790-1866)
From The Adventures of Daniel Boone (1813)
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