Here, McLynn presents the incredible heroism and dangerous folly of the mid-Western farmers making their way to Oregon and California in the 1840s. Using original diaries and memoirs, he presents individual stories, such as that of Brigham Young and the Mormons, as well as thematic investigations.
In all the sagas of human migration, none can top the drama of the journey by mid-Western farmers to Oregon and California in the years 1841-48. Seeking the promised land, these travellers trekked 2000 miles by covered wagon from the Missouri to their destination on the Pacific. Although they used mountain men as guides, they went almost literally into the unknown, braving dangers from hunger, thirst, disease, drowning and Indians. Left far behind them were the extended family, schools, doctors, churches, stores and the rule of law. The early overlanders got through only after Herculean efforts, but later in the decade complacency set in, and the result was disaster, especially in the case of the Donner party, marooned in the snows and reduced to cannibalism. Using original diaries and memoirs, Frank McLynn underscores the incredible heroism and dangerous folly on the overland trails. His year-by-year narrative includes many thematic investigations: the wagons and animals used by the pioneers; the role of women; relations with Indians; and crime and punishment beyond the pale of civilization. The narrative builds to a climax with the dreadful tale of the Donner party but achieves closure with the triumphant story of Brigham Young and the Mormons. Sandwiched between the era of the fur trappers and the post-1849 gold fever, this account of pioneering years on the overland trails highlights and explains a unique experience both in American and world history.
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Frank McLynn is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of Literature at Strathclyde University. A full-time writer, his most recent books include Napoleon, 1066 and Villa and Zapata.
Wagons West by F.J. McLynn
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