The Resource Wagons west : the epic story of America's overland trails, Frank McLynn

Wagons west : the epic story of America's overland trails, Frank McLynn

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Wagons west : the epic story of America's overland trails
Title
Wagons west
Title remainder
the epic story of America's overland trails
Statement of responsibility
Frank McLynn
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In all the sagas of human migration, few can top the drama of the journey by midwestern farmers to Oregon and California in the years 1840-49. Seeking the promised land, these travelers trekked two thousand miles by covered wagon from Missouri to their destinations on the Pacific coast. Although they used mountain men as guides, they went almost literally into the unknown, braving dangers from hunger, thirst, disease, drowning, and Native Americans. The early migrants got through only after Herculean efforts, but later in the decade complacency set in, and the result was disastrous, especially in the case of the Donner party, marooned in the snow 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 events leading up to the opening of the trails, the wagons and animals used by the pioneers, the role of women, relations with Native Americans, and much else. 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 the pioneering years in the overland trails abounds with high drama, tragedy, and triumph in the face of overwhelming odds. It also chronicles one of the principal chapters in the conquest of the North American continent, and the creation of the United States as we know it today
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McLynn, Frank
Dewey number
978/.02
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F593
LC item number
.M475 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
  • Trails
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Pioneers
  • West (U.S.)
  • West (U.S.)
Label
Wagons west : the epic story of America's overland trails, Frank McLynn
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 443-475) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Manifest destiny -- Reasons why -- To boldly go -- Woman in the sunbonnet -- Great migration -- Through flood and famine -- Never take no cutoffs -- California catches up -- Tragedy in the snows -- Saints and sinners
Control code
ocm50561899
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
509 pages
Isbn
9780802117311
Lccn
2002033859
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)50561899
Label
Wagons west : the epic story of America's overland trails, Frank McLynn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 443-475) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Manifest destiny -- Reasons why -- To boldly go -- Woman in the sunbonnet -- Great migration -- Through flood and famine -- Never take no cutoffs -- California catches up -- Tragedy in the snows -- Saints and sinners
Control code
ocm50561899
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
509 pages
Isbn
9780802117311
Lccn
2002033859
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)50561899

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