Wondrous Times on the Frontier

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august house, 2002 - History - 324 pages
In his first work of nonfiction in twelve years, celebrated historian Dee Brown draws on more than fifty years of research in this good-humored social history of the American frontier. In a work rich in anecdotes about pioneers, women, lawmen, outlaws, newspapermen, schoolteachers, cowboys, tenderfeet, preachers, and native Americans, Brown portrays the diversity of the frontier experience.
 

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Contents

What This Book is About
9
Gambling Violence and Merriment 1 The Chaucerian Way West
17
Bigwig and Littlewig Sojourners
39
Theres a OneEyed Man in the Game
66
Making the Calico Crack
76
Stringing the Greeners
86
Having Fun with the Phenomena
106
Violence and Cruelty beneath the Laughter
114
Servants of the Lord in a Turbulent Land
174
Sawbones and Pill Rollers
185
Greasepaint in the Wilderness
197
Cowboys at Play
217
Soldier High Jinks
235
The Profane Sentimentalists
250
Misunderstood Minorities 17 Sage Hens Fillies and Calico Queens
268
The Bawdy Natives
282

Lawyers Newsmen and Other Professionals 8 Lawyers as Entertainers
132
A Free but Cantankerous Press
149
Masters and Marms
164
Notes
297
Index
317
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Dee Brown wrote more than twenty-five books on American history and the West, including Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

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