The Oregon Trail : an American saga
by Dary, David.
|Format:||Print Book 2005|
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In today's world of jet airplanes and smooth highways, it is nearly impossible to imagine the hardships faced by the thousands of people who headed west along the great Oregon Trail. In this detailed and engaging account, historian David Dary recounts the full saga of the trail's history,from its creation in the early 1800's, to its peak during the '49 Gold Rush, its rapid decline following the completion of the transcontinental railroad, and finally, its revival as a modern day historical treasure.Dary introduces us to the pioneers: trailblazers, fur-traders, and missionaries, who made the first journeys to Oregon County, an internationally disputed territory comprising present-day Washington, Oregon, and California. We learn of the road's steadily increasing popularity, as economic problemsor the promise of adventure and wealth lead thousands of homesteaders, gold-rushers, and entrepreneurs to pile their hopes and dreams into wagons and head west. Using journals and letters, as well as company and expedition reports, public records and newspaper stories, Dary takes us inside the dayto day experiences of the travelers, as they risked ruin at every step from disease, weather, and human deceit. Trail.Through Dary's expert and comprehensive history, we learn how the events of the day turned a small trickle of pioneering men and women into the greatest mass migration in American history.
ContentsThe 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.
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Frontier and pioneer life
-- Oregon National Historic Trail.
Oregon National Historic Trail -- History.
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1848-1860.
|Publisher|| Oxford ; New York :Oxford University Press,2005
Originally published: New York : Knopf, c2004.
xvi, 414 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-391) and index.
|ISBN||9780195224009 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0195224000 (pbk. : alk. paper)