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Lions of the West : heroes and villains of the westward expansion

Author: Robert Morgan
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, [2011] ©2011
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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From Thomas Jefferson's birth in 1743 to the California Gold Rush in 1849, America's westward expansion comes to life in the hands of a writer fascinated by the way individual lives link up, illuminate one another, and collectively impact history. Jefferson, naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the United States would stretch across the North American continent, from ocean to ocean. The account of how that dream
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Morgan
ISBN: 9781565126268 1565126262
OCLC Number: 712124022
Notes: "A Shannon Ravenel Book."
Description: xxiii, 497 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Brief chronology of the westward expansion era --
Presidents and vice-presidents before the Civil War --
Prologue : the empire for liberty --
Thomas Jefferson : seeing the elephant --
Andrew Jackson : Old Hickory at the Bend --
John Chapman : apples and angels --
David Crockett : comedian and martyr, his life and death --
Sam Houston : the president who loved to dance --
James K. Polk : Young Hickory keeps a diary --
Winfield Scott : Old Fuss and Feathers goes to the mountain --
Kit Carson : taking Boone's Trace to the Pacific --
Nicholas Trist : the search for a father voice --
Epilogue : John Quincy Adams : Old Man Eloquent.
Responsibility: Robert Morgan.

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From Thomas Jefferson's birth in 1743 to the California Gold Rush in 1849, America's westward expansion comes to life in the hands of a writer fascinated by the way individual lives link up, illuminate one another, and collectively impact history. Jefferson, naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the United States would stretch across the North American continent, from ocean to ocean. The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries. Morgan uses his skill at characterization to give life to the personalities of ten Americans who inspired their countrymen and without whom the United States might well have stopped at Arkansas. Their stories -- and those of the nameless thousands who risked their lives to settle on the frontier, displacing thousands of Native Americans -- form an extraordinary chapter in American history leading directly to the cataclysm of the Civil War. - Jacket flap.

Traces the lives of 10 Americans who played significant roles in the country's westward expansion.

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