Abraham Lincoln and the Western Territories

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Ralph Y. McGinnis, Calvin N. Smith
Rowman & Littlefield, 1994 - History - 222 pages
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Instead of battling the West with a pistol, Abraham Lincoln tamed America's western territories with his famous pen. By passing laws that offered cheap land, adequate railway transportation, and inexpensive, practical education, Lincoln provided the means for the settlement of the Great American West. By examining policies, problems, and actions, Abraham Lincoln and the Western Territories tells the story of how the Wild West was won for the Union. A Burnham Publishers boo
  

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Contents

Overview
1
Western America Before Lincolns Administration
7
Western America During Lincolns Tenure
20
Three Acts That Accelerated Territorial Settlement
28
Nebraska Territory
36
Colorado Territory
53
New Mexico Territory
71
Arizona Territory
84
Nevada Territory
112
Washington Territory
127
Idaho Territory
138
Montana Territory
159
Dakota Territory
169
Indian Territory
191
Contributors
207
Index
211

Utah Territory
97

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About the author (1994)

Ralph Y. McGinnis was professor and chair of the Speech Department at the University of Montana at Missoula for many years. During his last years he was director of Lincoln Studies at Eastern Illinois University. He was in great demand as a speaker and authored several books and articles about the Great Emansipator.
Calvin N. Smith is professor of speech communication at Eastern Illinois University.

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