The American West

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - History - 448 pages
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Renowned storyteller Dee Brown, author of the bestselling Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, recreates the struggles of Native Americans, settlers, and ranchers in this stunning volume that illuminates the history of the old West that’s filled with maps and vintage photographs.

Beginning with the demise of the Native Americans of the Plains, Brown depicts the onrush of the burgeoning cattle trade and the waves of immigrants who ultimately “settled” the land. In the retelling of this oft-told saga, Brown has demonstrated once again his abilities as a master storyteller and an entertaining popular historian.

By turns heroic, tragic, and even humorous, The American West brings to life American tragedy and triumph in the years from 1840 to the turn of the century, and a roster of characters both great and small: Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Dull Knife, Crazy Horse, Captain Jack, John H. Tunstall, Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, Wyatt Earp, the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, Wild Bill Hickok, Charles Goodnight, Oliver Loving, Buffalo Bill, and many others.

The American West is about cattle and the railroads; it is about settlers who came to claim a land not originally their own and how they slowly imposed law and order on these wild and untamed places; and it is about the wanton destruction of the Native American way of life. This is epic history at its best and popular history at its most readable.

This new work is culled from Dee Brown’s highly acclaimed writings, which instantly established him as one of America’s foremost Western authorities. Fully revised, rewritten, and edited into one seamless account of America’s most famous frontier, this epic narrative, along with the introduction and a chronological table of events, etches an unforgettable and poignant portrait. The American West is at once a tribute to the West and a majestic new peak for a writer whose long and successful career has been synonymous with excellence in frontier history.
 

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User Review  - maneekuhi - LibraryThing

While this 410 page book has a pub date of 1994, most of the material comes from three earlier books written in the 50's by the same authors, Dee Brown and Martin Schmitt. These are "Fighting Indians ... Read full review

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This western primer tells the stories of Native Americans, settlers, cowboys, miners, and ranchers. The narrative explains in a straightforward manner the conflicts, struggles, and conquests that led to settlement of the West. lj Read full review

Contents

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
13
Westward March
27
Longhorns and Pioneers
42
Cattle Horses and Cowboys
59
Red Cloud of the Sioux
78
Black Kettle of the Cheyennes
100
Kiowa and Comanche
110
The Conquest of Cochise
124
Dull Knife Marches Home
240
Captain Jack and the Modocs
247
Joseph of the Nez PercÚs
255
The Peace Seekers
265
The Saga of Dodge City
273
The Beef Bonanza
285
Billy the Kid
301
Free Grass in the Northwest
310

Treaties and the Thieves Road
132
The Big Rolling Land
140
The Story of a Western Town
163
The Finer Things in Life
176
The Myth and Its Makers
189
RipRoaring Trail Towns
198
The Vision of Sitting Bull
215
The Warriors Come In
229
Big Blizzards and Little Wars
330
Jollification
347
The Ghost Dance and Wounded Knee
364
Wild West Shows and Rodeos
377
Law Order and Politics
390
A SELECTED CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS IN THE WEST
411
INDEX
445
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About the author (2010)

Dee Brown is the author of more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction relating to American frontier history. Born in 1908, Brown worked as a printer's devil and newspaperman before studying in Washington, D.C., and joining the University of Illinois as an agricultural librarian. He now lives with his wife, Sally, in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas.

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