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Wagons west : the epic story of America's overland trails

Author: Frank McLynn
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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In all the sagas of human migration, few can top the drama of the journey by midwestern farmers to Oregon and California in the years 1840-49. Seeking the promised land, these travelers trekked two thousand miles by covered wagon from Missouri to their destinations on the Pacific coast. Although they used mountain men as guides, they went almost literally into the unknown, braving dangers from hunger, thirst,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frank McLynn
ISBN: 0802117317 9780802117311 0802140637 9780802140630
OCLC Number: 50561899
Description: 509 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Manifest destiny --
Reasons why --
To boldly go --
Woman in the sunbonnet --
Great migration --
Through flood and famine --
Never take no cutoffs --
California catches up --
Tragedy in the snows --
Saints and sinners.
Responsibility: Frank McLynn.

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In what "The Washington Post" has called "fascinating," McLynn has penned a year-by-year account of the pioneering efforts to conquer and settle the American West.  Read more...

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"[A] valuable addition to any collection of the history of the West. McLynn allows the reader to spend time with the various parties getting to know the personalities that define each year's Read more...

 
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