The Oregon Trail

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Oxford University Press, Jan 6, 2000 - History - 346 pages
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The Oregon Trail is the gripping account of Francis Parkman's journey west across North America in 1846. After crossing the Allegheny Mountains by coach and continuing by boat and wagon to Westport, Missouri, he set out with three companions on a horseback journey that would ultimately takehim over two thousand miles. In the course of his travels, Parkman encountered numerous Indians, living among a Sioux tribe for a time, as well as meeting traders, trappers, and emigrants searching for a new life. His detailed description of the journey, set against the vast majesty of the Great Plains, has emerged through the generations as a classic narrative of one man's exploration of the American Wilderness. It is a journey which has shaped our picture of mid- nineteenth-century America and which hasinfluenced our perception of American civilization.
 

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Written in 1847, this is an eye witness account of the prairie and the natives who lived there. Unlike our romantic view of native life, this is somewhat disdainful, and yet he admires them in a way ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
vii
Note on the Text
xxiii
Select Bibliography
xxv
A Chronology of Francis Parkman Jr
xxvii
Map
xxx
THE OREGON TRAIL
1
Explanatory Notes
336
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Bernard Rosenthal is Professor of English at SUNY-Binghamton, Binghamton, New York.

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