Wondrous Times on the Frontier: America During the 1800s

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Open Road Media, Oct 23, 2012 - History - 316 pages
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A lively, anecdotal history of life in the American West during the nineteenth century
Frontier life, Dee Brown writes, “was hard, unpleasant most of the time,” and “ lacking in almost all amenities or creature comforts.” And yet, tall tales were the genre of the day, and humor, both light and dark, was abundant. In this historical account, Brown examines the aspects of the frontier spirit that would come to assume so central a position in American mythology. Split into sections—“Gambling, Violence, and Merriment,” “Lawyers, Newsmen, and Other Professionals,” and “Misunderstood Minorities—it is mindful in its correction of certain stereotypes of Western life, and is a mesmerizing account of an untamed nation and its wild, resilient settlers.    This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dee Brown including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

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I was looking for a book about everyday life on the frontier. This book provided a glimpse into that although not directly. It focused on the humor and tall tales emanating out of the West. That does ... Read full review


What This Book Is About
Gambling Violence and Merriment
Bigwig and Littlewig Sojourners
Theres a OneEyed Man in the Game
Having Fun with the Phenomena
Violence and Cruelty beneath the Laughter
Lawyers Newsmen and Other Professionals
A Free but Cantankerous Press
Servants of the Lord in a Turbulent Land
Sawbones and Pill Rollers
Greasepaint in the Wilderness
Soldier High Jinks
The Profane Sentimentalists
Sage Hens Fillies and Calico Queens

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Dorris Alexander “Dee” Brown (1908–2002) was a celebrated author of both fiction and nonfiction, whose classic study Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is widely credited with exposing the systematic destruction of American Indian tribes to a world audience. Brown was born in Louisiana and grew up in Arkansas. He worked as a reporter and a printer before enrolling at Arkansas State Teachers College, where he met his future wife, Sally Stroud. He later earned two degrees in library science, and worked as a librarian while beginning his career as a writer. He went on to research and write more than thirty books, often centered on frontier history or overlooked moments of the Civil War. Brown continued writing until his death in 2002.     

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