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

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

Label
The plains across : the overland emigrants and the trans-Mississippi West, 1840-60
Title
The plains across
Title remainder
the overland emigrants and the trans-Mississippi West, 1840-60
Statement of responsibility
John D. Unruh, Jr
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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
  • A study of the overland emigration during the pioneer era of America's westward expansion
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1937-1976
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Unruh, John David
Dewey number
978
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
F593
LC item number
.U67 1979
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • West (U.S.)
  • West (U.S.)
Label
The plains across : the overland emigrants and the trans-Mississippi West, 1840-60, John D. Unruh, Jr
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages 521-554
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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"
Control code
3915537
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xviii, 565 pages
Isbn
9780252006982
Lccn
78009781
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)80589
Label
The plains across : the overland emigrants and the trans-Mississippi West, 1840-60, John D. Unruh, Jr
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages 521-554
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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"
Control code
3915537
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xviii, 565 pages
Isbn
9780252006982
Lccn
78009781
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)80589

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