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Daily Life on the Nineteenth Century American Frontier By Mary Ellen Jones

Daily Life on the Nineteenth Century American Frontier
by Mary Ellen Jones

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This study examines the daily lives of ordinary men and women who flooded into the Trans-Mississippi West in search of land, fortune, and a fresh start. It shows how they had to adapt to the land, and that they had to modify every aspect of their lives.
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Daily Life on the Nineteenth Century American Frontier by Mary Ellen Jones

The nineteenth century American frontier comes alive for students and interested readers in this unique exploration of westward expansion. This study examines the daily lives of ordinary men and women who flooded into the Trans-Mississippi West in search of land, fortune, a fresh start, and a new identity. Their daily life was rarely easy. If they were to survive, they had to adapt to the land and modify every aspect of their lives, from housing to transportation, from education to defense, from food gathering and preparation to the establishment of rudimentary laws and social structures. They also had to adapt to the Native Americans already on the land-whether through acculturation, warfare, or coexistence.

Jones provides insight into the experiences that affected the daily lives of the diverse people who inhabited the American frontier: the Native Americans, trappers, explorers, ranchers, homesteaders, soldiers and townspeople. This fascinating book gives a sense of the extraordinary ordinariness of surviving, prospering, failing, and dying in a new land; and explores how these westering Americans inevitably displaced those already bound to the land by tradition, culture, and religion. A wealth of illustrations complement the text of this easy-to use reference.

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Daily Life on the Nineteenth Century American Frontier Reviews


"Jones has included much good material on how these people lived in the West."-The Journal of Arizona History
"Sound organization and sprightly, clear writing make it a page-turner."-Pacific Northwest Quarterly
?Sound organization and sprightly, clear writing make it a page-turner.?-Pacific Northwest Quarterly
?Jones has included much good material on how these people lived in the West.?-The Journal of Arizona History

About Mary Ellen Jones


MARY ELLEN JONES is Director of American Studies and Associate Professor of English at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Among other works, she is author of The American Frontier (1994), Christopher Columbus and His Legacy (1992), and John Jakes: A Critical Companion (Greenwood, 1996).

Table of Contents


Introduction Chronology The American Frontier: Simple Stereotype, Complex Reality Life on the Fur Frontier Life on the Explorer's Frontier Life on the Miner's Frontier: The New Eldorado Life on the Land: Alien Exotics--Cowboys and Settlers The Indian Frontier and the Frontier Regulars: The Army and the Indians on the Great Plains Bibliography Index

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GOR010305537
Daily Life on the Nineteenth Century American Frontier by Mary Ellen Jones
Mary Ellen Jones
Daily Life
Used - Good
Hardback
ABC-CLIO
1998-11-24
288
0313296340
9780313296345
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.