The Mammoth Book of the West: The Making of the American West

The Mammoth Book of the West: The Making of the American West

Jon E. Lewis

Language: English

Pages: 366

ISBN: 2:00104338

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The lore and the legends, the lawmen and the bad men, the rise of the cattle barons and the tragic demise of the Plains Indians, the pioneers and the forty-niners, Little Big Horn and the Alamo, Calamity Jane and Crazy Horse -- from the Alleghenies to the Rockies the events that shaped the West and the people who tamed it are featured in this vivid anecdotal history, which draws upon firsthand testimony and contemporary documents to provide a compelling and comprehensive account of a land as it became a nation.

Indian Play: Indigenous Identities at Bacone College

Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck

Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865

Faith and Freedom: The Founding Fathers in Their Own Words

A Shopkeeper's Millennium: Society and Revivals in Rochester, New York, 1815-1837





















Hampsten, Elizabeth, Read This Only to Yourself: The Private Writings of Midwestern Women, 1880–1910. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1982 Hardin, John Wesley, The Life of John Wesley Hardin – Written by Himself. Seguin, TX: Smith & Moore, 1896 Harris, Frank, My Reminiscences as a Cowboy. New York: Boni, 1930 Hassrick, Royal B., Cowboys: The Real Story of Cowboys and Cattlemen. London: Octopus Books Ltd., 1974 —— The Colourful Story of the American West. London: Octopus Books, 1975

489–94 horses 195 horse breaking 185–6 horse stealing 84, 87, 233, 260 introduction to America xiv, 6, 383 saddles, bridles and bits 194 Houston, Sam 65, 66–7, 73, 75 Hudson’s Bay Company 51 Iliff, J. W. 159 immigrants 11–12, 74, 467–8 Indian Territory 261, 340, 343 Indians see Native American Indians International Workers of the World 327–8, 527 Iroquois 16–17, 26 James, Frank 281, 287, 289, 498 James, Jesse 270, 279, 281–9, 318, 507, 522, 524 James, Will 232 James-Younger

trail for them. For good measure, George Donner hired a Fort Bridger guide named Juan Baptiste to pilot the emigrants around the southern end of the Great Salt Lake and to the head of Weber Canyon. There they found a note from Hastings stuck on a stick. It asked them to wait until he could lead them through the Wasatch Range. So began the first of many fateful delays. After eight days, George Donner sent a messenger to find Hastings. The messenger returned without Hastings but with his

the streets, and talked up a gold rush. Within days every able-bodied man had left San Francisco (the male population of which dropped from 400 to 5) for the gold fields on the American, where they found Sam Brannan open for business. From San Francisco the gold fever spread to Monterey and Los Angeles. By July most of the state was empty of men. The San Francisco schooner Louisa carried the contagion to Honolulu, and it spread from there around Cape Horn to the East Coast. On 5 December 1848,

spring and early summer of 1866, about a quarter of a million cattle crossed the Red River and headed into Indian Territory. The drives were nothing but trouble. Abnormally heavy rains turned the prairie to a mass of mud. The Indians were peaceable, but charged 10 cents a head for the grass the cattle consumed on their lands. Farmers, remembering the pre-War outbreaks of Texas fever, rode out with rifles. Worse, Kansas swarmed with Jayhawkers, settler-outlaws who had fought on the Union side. As

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