Lions of the West

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Algonquin Books, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 508 pages
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From Thomas Jefferson's birth in 1743 to the California Gold rush in 1849, America's Manifest destiny comes to life in Robert Morgan's skilled hands. Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the United States would stretch across the continent from ocean to ocean. The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries: Andrew Jackson, John Johnny Appleseed Chapman, David Crockett, Sam Houston, James K. Polk, Winfield Scott, Kit Carson, Nicholas Trist, and John Quincy Adams. Their tenacity was matched only by that of their enemies-the Mexican army under Santa Anna at the Alamo, the Comanche and Apache Indians, and the forbidding geography itself. Known also for his powerful fiction ( Gap Creek, The Truest Pleasure, Brave Enemies), Morgan uses his skill at characterization to give life to the personalities of these ten Americans without whom the United States might well have ended at the Arkansas border. Their stories-and those of the nameless thousands who risked their lives to settle on the frontier, displacing thousands of Native Americans-form an extraordinary chapter in American history that led directly to the cataclysm of the Civil War. With illustrations, portraits, maps, battle plans, appendixes, notes, and time lines, Lions of the West is a richly authoritative biography of America as compelling as a grand novel.
 

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

A brief collection of longer essay-sized biographies on figures, famous and some forgotten, all influential in the early development of the American West. The book is very accessible, and filled with ... Read full review

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User Review  - amerri - LibraryThing

Covering the period of 1743-1849, Lions of the West, is Robert Morgan's account of America's Westward Expansion told through the stories of the major players. Thomas Jefferson, who dreamed that the US ... Read full review

Contents

Seeing the Elephant
1
Old Hickory at the Bend
45
Apples and Angels
90
Comedian and Martyr His Life and Death
114
The President Who Loved to Dance
151
Young Hickory Keeps a Diary
195
Old Fuss and Feathers Goes to the Mountain
257
Taking Boones Trace to the Pacific
306
The Search for a Father Voice
351
Old Man Eloquent
392
Acknowledgments
413
Notes
417
Bibliography
461
Index
469
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Acclaimed author of best-seller "Gap Creek".