The Oregon Trail : an American saga

by Dary, David.

Format: Print Book 2004
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A major one-volume history of the Oregon Trail from its earliest beginnings to the present, by a prize-winning historian of the American West. Starting with an overview of Oregon Country in the early 1800s, a vast area then the object of international rivalry among Spain, Britain, Russia, and the United States, David Dary gives us the whole sweeping story of those who came to explore, to exploit, and, finally, to settle there. Using diaries, journals, company and expedition reports, and newspaper accounts, David Dary takes us inside the experience of the continuing waves of people who traveled the Oregon Trail or took its cutoffs to Utah, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, and California. He introduces us to the fur traders who set up the first "forts" as centers to ply their ™ the missionaries bent on converting the Indians to Christianity; the mountain men and voyageurs who settled down at last in the fertile Willamette Valley; the farmers and their families propelled west by economic bad times in the East; and, of course, the gold-seekers, Pony Express riders, journalists, artists, and entrepreneurs who all added their unique presence to the land they traversed. We meet well-known figures--John Jacob Astor, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, John Frémont, the Donners, and Red Cloud, among others--as well as dozens of little-known men, women, and children who jotted down what they were seeing and feeling in journals, letters, or perhaps even on a rock or a gravestone. Throughout, Dary keeps us informed of developments in the East and their influence on events in the West, among them the building of the transcontinental railroad and the efforts of the far western settlements to become U.S. territories and eventually states. Above all, The Oregon Trail offers a panoramic look at the romance, colorful stories, hardships, and joys of the pioneers who made up this tremendous and historic migration.
The exploration of Oregon
Discovering the Oregon Trail
John McLoughlin and the missionaries
The American occupation of Oregon
The emigrants of 1843
Self-rule and more emigrants
Fifty-four Forty or fight
The year of decision
New Zion, more emigrants, and a massacre
A lull before the rush
The Gold Rush of 1849
The hectic year of 1850
The changing road
More change and civil war
Decline of the Trail
Rebirth of the Trail.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The fabled Oregon Trail was traversed by a quarter of a million people whose experiences, as often is the way with history, then faded into oblivion. In 1906, an old pioneer who had taken the trail in 1852 determined to commemorate it with an oxen-drawn reenactment of his journey. Alas, Twist the ox expired trailside, but Ezra Meeker's campaign succeeded in restoring the Oregon Trail to American historical consciousness. Meeker's tale typifies Dary's steady storytelling style in this superb chronicle of the trail: he eschews embellishment and hews to fact, permitting readers an unadorned but palpably realistic rendition of what traveling the trail was like. For many, as Dary aptly observes, the migration was a monumental event in their lives, one documented by the anecdotes Dary selects from the 2,000 extant journals and recollections. Tracing the routes and topography of the trail, Dary integrates the attraction Oregon and the West held for mountain men, missionaries, Mormons, and forty-niners into a comprehensive history. Complemented by the author's The Santa Fe Trail (2000), it is bound to become a staple in collections about the Old West. --Gilbert Taylor Copyright 2004 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This is another lively work from one of our best chroniclers of the Old West. Dary (Cowboy Culture; The Santa Fe Trail; etc.) looks at the men and women who trekked the trouble-strewn paths to the nation's northwest coast. It's an epic American story of limitless hopes, searing losses, pioneers, missionaries and not a few bad characters. Dary opens with 18th-century maritime explorers and carries us into the late 19th century, when the trail west from Independence, Mo., had ceded its importance to the railroads. In the shadow of such great earlier historians as Francis Parkman and Bernard De Voto, Dary is matter-of-fact and exhaustive. Unfortunately, the facts are sometimes overwhelming, and a reader yearns for some analysis. But Dary makes up for this lack by salting his account with quotations from travelers' diaries and illustrations. He follows the rutted way of keeping the Indian tribes subsidiary to the story. Yet his closing chapter on the Oregon Trail's rebirth as a tourist draw in the 20th century is a real contribution to modern western lore. It's hard to imagine a more informative introduction to the westering itch along the Oregon Trail and to those who responded to it. 86 b&w illus., 7 maps. Agent, Spectrum Literary. Alternate selection of the History Book Club and the Crossings Book Club. (Nov. 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Frontier and pioneer life -- Oregon National Historic Trail.
Oregon National Historic Trail -- History.
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1848-1860.
Publisher New York :Knopf :2004
Distributed by Random House,
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xiv, 414 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-391) and index.
ISBN 0375413995
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