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The plains across : the overland emigrants and the trans-Mississippi West, 1840-60 / John D. Unruh, Jr.

Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [1979] .
ISBN 0252006984

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Subjects États-Unis (Ouest) -- Histoire -- Jusqu'à 1848.
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.)
Frontier and pioneer life.
Overland journeys to the Pacific.
USA -- Weststaaten.
United States -- History -- 1783-1865.
United States -- Migration, Internal.
United States, West.
Vie des pionniers -- États-Unis (Ouest)
Voyages par terre jusqu'au Pacifique.
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1848-1860.
West (U.S.) -- History -- To 1848.
West, The -- History -- 1848-1860.
West, The -- History -- To 1848.
Description xviii, 565 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Copyright Date [1979]
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 521-554) and index.
American Historical Association John H. Dunning Prize for U.S. history, 1980.
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Western Heritage Award for nonfiction, 1980.
Summary This volume presents a study of overland travel across the Great Plains of the United States prior to the Civil War. It covers mainly the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails. The author provides excerpts from the traveler's journals and diaries, along with references from various newspapers throughout the country. He first introduces the political and social ramifications and the pros and cons of overland travel to Oregon and California. He then unravels the "why's" as to the emigrants' desire to pursue such an endeavor, risking loss of everything, including possibly life itself. Readers get a feel for how the "overlanders" got along with each other; their relations with Indians; the battles of overcoming hunger, thirst, cold, etc. The author also mention of private entrepreneurs along the trail who were trading and selling goods at exorbitant prices; the "white Indians" who were white men masqueraded as Indians taking advantage of the emigrants; the Mormon influence throughout the Salt Lake area, along with the "Winter Mormons" who were average non-Mormon emigrants wishing to overwinter in Salt Lake but subjected to cruel and unjust treatments. The author describes the federal government's role in Westward emigration by improving roads, establishing forts along the way and implementing troops to guide and protect the overlanders to safety.
Contents Introduction: The historians and the Overlanders -- Public opinion, 1840-48 : "Palpable homicide" or "Merry as a marriage bell"? -- Public opinion, 1849-60 : humbugging and helping -- Motivations and beginnings : "Life is at a fair" -- Emigrant interaction : "Our journey has not been as solitary as we feared" -- Emigrant-Indian interaction : from "mutual aid" to "massacres" -- The federal government : "Good fellow Uncle Sam is" -- Private entrepreneurs, 1840-49 : "While others are chasing wealth they are catching it, no dream" -- Private entrepreneurs, 1950-60 : "Too many cooks spoil the broth" -- The Mormon "halfway house" : "It costs nothing to get in, but a great deal to get out" -- West Coast assistance : "Are you men from California, or do you come from heaven?" -- The Overlanders in historical perspective : "To endure heat like a salamander ... and labor like a jackass."
Genre History.
Geographic Area West (U.S.)
Network Numbers (OCoLC)3915537
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Unruh, John David, 1937-1976.
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