The American West

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Simon and Schuster, 11 במאי 2010 - 448 עמודים
Renowned storyteller Dee Brown, author of the bestselling Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, recreates the struggles of Native Americans, settlers, and ranchers in this stunning volume that illuminates the history of the old West that’s filled with maps and vintage photographs.

Beginning with the demise of the Native Americans of the Plains, Brown depicts the onrush of the burgeoning cattle trade and the waves of immigrants who ultimately “settled” the land. In the retelling of this oft-told saga, Brown has demonstrated once again his abilities as a master storyteller and an entertaining popular historian.

By turns heroic, tragic, and even humorous, The American West brings to life American tragedy and triumph in the years from 1840 to the turn of the century, and a roster of characters both great and small: Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Dull Knife, Crazy Horse, Captain Jack, John H. Tunstall, Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, Wyatt Earp, the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, Wild Bill Hickok, Charles Goodnight, Oliver Loving, Buffalo Bill, and many others.

The American West is about cattle and the railroads; it is about settlers who came to claim a land not originally their own and how they slowly imposed law and order on these wild and untamed places; and it is about the wanton destruction of the Native American way of life. This is epic history at its best and popular history at its most readable.

This new work is culled from Dee Brown’s highly acclaimed writings, which instantly established him as one of America’s foremost Western authorities. Fully revised, rewritten, and edited into one seamless account of America’s most famous frontier, this epic narrative, along with the introduction and a chronological table of events, etches an unforgettable and poignant portrait. The American West is at once a tribute to the West and a majestic new peak for a writer whose long and successful career has been synonymous with excellence in frontier history.

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LibraryThing Review

ביקורת משתמש  - maneekuhi - LibraryThing

While this 410 page book has a pub date of 1994, most of the material comes from three earlier books written in the 50's by the same authors, Dee Brown and Martin Schmitt. These are "Fighting Indians ... קרא סקירה מלאה

LibraryThing Review

ביקורת משתמש  - eduscapes - LibraryThing

This western primer tells the stories of Native Americans, settlers, cowboys, miners, and ranchers. The narrative explains in a straightforward manner the conflicts, struggles, and conquests that led to settlement of the West. lj קרא סקירה מלאה

תוכן

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
13
Westward March
27
Longhorns and Pioneers
42
Cattle Horses and Cowboys
59
Red Cloud of the Sioux
78
Black Kettle of the Cheyennes
100
Kiowa and Comanche
110
The Conquest of Cochise
124
Dull Knife Marches Home
240
Captain Jack and the Modocs
247
Joseph of the Nez Percés
255
The Peace Seekers
265
The Saga of Dodge City
273
The Beef Bonanza
285
Billy the Kid
301
Free Grass in the Northwest
310

Treaties and the Thieves Road
132
The Big Rolling Land
140
The Story of a Western Town
163
The Finer Things in Life
176
The Myth and Its Makers
189
RipRoaring Trail Towns
198
The Vision of Sitting Bull
215
The Warriors Come In
229
Big Blizzards and Little Wars
330
Jollification
347
The Ghost Dance and Wounded Knee
364
Wild West Shows and Rodeos
377
Law Order and Politics
390
A SELECTED CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS IN THE WEST
411
INDEX
445
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עמוד 189 - I can walk like an ox, run like a fox, swim like an eel, yell like an Indian, fight like a devil, spout like an earthquake, make love like a mad bull, and swallow a nigger whole without choking if you butter his head and pin his ears back.
עמוד 74 - Hard rain & wind Storm Beeves ran & had to be on Horse back all night Awful night, wet all night clear bright morning. Men still lost quit the Beeves & go to Hunting Men is the word — 4 PM Found our men with Indian guide & 195 Beeves 14 miles from camp, allmost starved not having had a bite to eat for 60 hours got to camp about 12 M Tired.
עמוד 199 - A more odd, not to say comical, sight is not often seen than the dancing cowboy. With the front of his sombrero lifted at an angle of fully forty-five degrees, his huge spurs jingling at every step or motion, his revolvers flapping up and down like a retreating sheep's tail, his eyes lit up with excitement, liquor, and lust, he plunges in and 'hoes it down...
עמוד 112 - I do not want them. I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures and everything drew a free breath. I want to die there and not within walls.
עמוד 280 - Miss Frankie Bell, who wears the belt for superiority in point of muscular ability, heaped epithets upon the unoffending head of Mr. Earp to such an extent as to provoke a slap from the ex-officer, besides creating a disturbance of the quiet and dignity of the city, for which she received a night's lodging in the dog house and a reception at the police court next morning, the expense of which was about $20.00.
עמוד 365 - When the sun died, I went up to heaven and saw God and all the people who had died a long time ago. God told me to come back and tell my people they must be good and love one another, and not fight, or steal, or lie. He gave me this dance to give to my people.
עמוד 203 - We, the undersigned, members of the Farmers' Protective Association, and officers and citizens of Dickinson County, Kansas, most respectfully request all who have contemplated driving Texas cattle to Abilene the coming season to seek some other point for shipment, as the inhabitants of Dickinson will no longer submit to the evils of the trade. The big boom collapsed immediately.
עמוד 280 - ... the belt for superiority in point of muscular ability, heaped epithets upon the unoffending head of Mr. Earp to such an extent as to provoke a slap from the ex-officer, besides creating a disturbance of the quiet and dignity of the city, for which she received a night's lodging in the dog house and a reception at the police court next morning, the expense of which was about $20. Wyatt Earp was assessed the lowest limit of the law, one dollar.

מידע על המחבר (2010)

Dee Brown is the author of more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction relating to American frontier history. Born in 1908, Brown worked as a printer's devil and newspaperman before studying in Washington, D.C., and joining the University of Illinois as an agricultural librarian. He now lives with his wife, Sally, in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas.

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