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Westward expansion : a history of the American frontier

Author: Ray Allen Billington; Martin Ridge
Publisher: New York : Macmillan ; London : Collier Macmillan Publishers, ©1982.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 5th edView all editions and formats
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Although the text sets out the remarkable story of the American frontier, which became, almost from the beginning, an archetypal narrative of the new American nation's successful expansion, the authors do not forget the social, environmental, and human cost of national expansion. While most Americans take pride in the nation's frontier heritage and its associated myths, they also share that history with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Billington, Ray Allen, 1903-1981.
Westward expansion.
New York : Macmillan ; London : Collier Macmillan Publishers, ©1982
(OCoLC)606012945
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ray Allen Billington; Martin Ridge
ISBN: 0023098600 9780023098604 0023098406 9780023098406
OCLC Number: 8121105
Description: xv, 892 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Section I. The Colonial Frontier ---
Section II. The Trans-Appalachain Frontier ---
Section III. The Trans-Mississippi Frontier.
Other Titles: History of the American frontier
Responsibility: Ray Allen Billington, Martin Ridge.

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Although the text sets out the remarkable story of the American frontier, which became, almost from the beginning, an archetypal narrative of the new American nation's successful expansion, the authors do not forget the social, environmental, and human cost of national expansion. While most Americans take pride in the nation's frontier heritage and its associated myths, they also share that history with others--especially with people of color--in whose collective memories the story of the American west is rendered both dark and painful. Westward Expansion encourages an understanding of American "westering" that is mindful of the racism and excessive nationalism that frequently marred the Western frontier experience. At the same time, the authors understand a sense of optimism, a profound faith in individuals' own abilities, the willingness to innovate, and an abiding trust in democracy to be the transcendent values of the frontier experience, traits that continue to influence the character of America's people long after the close of the western frontier.

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