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Last stand : George Bird Grinnell, the battle to save the buffalo, and the birth of the new West

Author: Michael Punke
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins ebooks, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the last three decades of the nineteenth century, an American buffalo herd once numbering 30 million animals was reduced to twelve. It was the era of Manifest Destiny, a Gilded Age that treated the West as nothing more than a treasure chest of resources to be dug up or shot down. The buffalo in this world was a commodity, hounded by legions of swashbucklers and unemployed veterans seeking to make their fortunes.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Named Person: George Bird Grinnell
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Punke
ISBN: 9780061800900 0061800902 9780061800917 0061800910
OCLC Number: 432050938
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Prologue : The stand --
1. Wild and wooly --
2. Self-denial --
3. Barbarism pure and simple --
4. I felled a mighty bison --
5. The guns of other hunters --
6. That will mean an Indian War --
7. Ere long exterminated --
8. A weekly journal --
9. No longer a place for them --
10. Blundering, plundering --
11. The meanest work I ever did --
12. A terror to evil-doers --
13. A single rock --
14. For all it is worth --
15. Simple majesty --
Epilogue : The last stand --
"Something unprecedented" --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Michael Punke.

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In the last three decades of the nineteenth century, an American buffalo herd once numbering 30 million animals was reduced to twelve. It was the era of Manifest Destiny, a Gilded Age that treated the West as nothing more than a treasure chest of resources to be dug up or shot down. The buffalo in this world was a commodity, hounded by legions of swashbucklers and unemployed veterans seeking to make their fortunes. Supporting these hide hunters, even buying their ammunition, was the U.S. Army, which considered the eradication of the buffalo essential to victory in its ongoing war on Native Americans. Into the maelstrom rode young George Bird Grinnel. A scientist and a journalist, a hunter and a conservationist, Grinnell would lead the battle to save the buffalo from extinction. Fighting in the pages of magazines, in Washington's halls of power, and in the frozen valleys of Yellowstone, Grinnell and his allies sought to preserve an icon from the grinding appetite of Robber Baron America.

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