The Plains Across: The Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1840-60

The Plains Across The Overland Emigrants and the Trans Mississippi West The most honored book ever released by the University of Illinois Press The Plains Across was the result of than a decade s work by its author Here on the occasion of the th anniversary of the op

The Plains Across The Overland Emigrants and the Trans This item The Plains Across The Overland Emigrants and the Trans Mississippi West, by John D Unruh Paperback . Only left in stock on the way Ships from and sold by . The Plains Across The Overland Emigrants and the Trans If you are going to read about the westward migration across the Plains, this is the book to read Comprehensive, well documented and very well written, the book is one of those rate doctoral thesis that becomes a wonderful book for a wide audience. The Plains Across The Plains Across The Overland Emigrants on the Trans Mississippi West, is a book on overland travel across the Great Plains prior to the Civil War It was written by John D Unruh, Jr and first published by the University of Illinois Press in . The Plains Across The Plains Across Short , Western July USA John Jasper, with his son, Bert, had gone ahead to prepare a cabin for his family, leaving his uncle, Dan Mason, to bring Mrs Jasper and the girls. The Plains Across The Overland Emigrants and the Trans The Plains Across became an instant standard work in western trail literature after it first appeared in It won seven awards, including the John H Dunning Prize from the American Historical Association and the Billington Book Award from the Organization of American Historians. The Plains Across Donner Summit Historical Society John Unruh worked on his doctoral thesis, the Plains Across, for ten years This is the standard by which all books on the westward migration are measured The research is exhaustive with footnotes by the hundreds of both primary and secondary sources For that reason it s an amazing book.

  • Title: The Plains Across: The Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1840-60
  • Author: John D. Unruh
  • ISBN: 9780252063602
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • The most honored book ever released by the University of Illinois Press, The Plains Across was the result of than a decade s work by its author Here, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Oregon Trail, is a paperback reissue that includes the notes, bibliography, and illustrations contained in the 1979 cloth edition.

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    1. This is an incredible book telling of the cross country wagon train experience. It tells so much more than we are accustomed to hearing. About the eastbound traffic, the casualties from gun accidents, the relief expeditions for the West Coast, the competition in jumping off places. This is a totally new look at the Westward migration.

    2. Pretty academic treatment about how many people emigrated West. The text is about numbers and of emigrants in the 18th centruy, and what the newspapers and politicians were saying for and against emigrating.

    3. Well researched and well written; its readability does not hide its scholarliness. This book is so rich in details that it's doubtful the author left out anything from this study of the Oregon & California trails. I liked the way he structured the book. Instead of a year by year history, the chapters covers specific areas of impact, such as the subsidiary businesses that sprung up, the federal support, the Mormon impact, etc. He covers the trials & tribulations of the emigrants and the r [...]

    4. If you are going to read about the westward migration across the Plains, this is the book to read. Comprehensive, well documented and very well written, the book is one of those rate doctoral thesis that becomes a wonderful book for a wide audience. Ten years to write, it is a beautiful contribution to the history of America's westward expansion. The bibliography contains a wealth of research material that you could spend a lifetime reading with enjoyment.

    5. This was the second in a series of antebellum western emigrant histories that I read (following Hard Road West, Meldhal). Unfortunately, it's the only such book Unruh will ever write (he's dead). It's a good overview of the different types of people and the reasons behind the different waves of emigration. It's arranged by topic rather than sequentially, which I found a little difficult at times. There are sections that are basically a literature review; it's more of a thesis than a reader's boo [...]

    6. This book is a very comprehensive volume on the Oregon and California trails. It seems to cover every aspect of the journey from preparation to arrival; and the trials the emigrants went through to get to the other side of the Sierra Nevadas. I highly recommend this book for students of the American West, specifically of Westward migration.

    7. Author Barry Lopez recomended this book as part of the Rocky Mountain Land Library's "A Reading List For the President Elect: A Western Primer for the Next Administration."

    8. Possibly the best book ever written about the westward migration, this posthumously published doctoral dissertation is a gift to America.

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