Empires, nations, and families : a history of the North American West, 1800-1860 (Book, 2011) [WorldCat.org]
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Empires, nations, and families : a history of the North American West, 1800-1860

Empires, nations, and families : a history of the North American West, 1800-1860

Author: Anne Farrar Hyde
Publisher: Lincoln [Nebraska] : University of Nebraska Press, [2011] ©2011
Series: History of the American West.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Empires, Nations, and Families shows how the world of river and maritime trade effectively shifted political power away from military and diplomatic circles into the hands of local people. Tracing family stories from the Canadian North to the Spanish and Mexican borderlands and from the Pacific Coast to the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, Anne F. Hyde's narrative moves from the earliest years of the Indian trade to  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Named Person: Čubrilović, Familie : 19. Jh.-
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Farrar Hyde
ISBN: 0803224052 9780803224056
OCLC Number: 679936477
Awards: Pulitzer Prize for History finalist, 2012.
Description: xv, 628 pages, portraits : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments: Adventures in the land of the dead --
Introduction: The geography of Empire in 1804. St. Louis ; Michilimackinac ; Santa Fe ; The Pacific Coast ; Family stories ; "Died single" ; Why fur and why families? ; Sources and definitions ; Maps and signposts --
pt. 1. Replacing a state: the continental web of family trade. Families and fur: the personal world of the early American West. The Chouteau family and the Missouri River world ; "Middle ground" or "Native ground" ; "Tough love" and family loyalty ; on the trail of wealth and opportunity ; The Sublette brothers and their family business ; Chasing fortune and family ; Americans in Mexico, Californios in America ; Dangerous places --
Fort Vancouver's families: the custom of the country. Cogs in the fur trade ; The local and global communities of the Columbia ; The Métis world of John McLoughlin ; The tentacles of international trade ; The McLoughlins and the Company ; Life and work on the Columbia ; Global ambitions ; The fine mesh of the family network ; Immigrants, nations, and the loss of a family empire ; Murder at Fort Stikine and suicide in California --
Three Western places: regional communities and Vecinidad. William Bent's border world ; Bent's Fort and its neighborhood ; Omens and weddings ; Norteños and Yanquis in Alta California ; Captain Sutter's New Helvetia ; Dinner and diplomacy in northern California ; Portents of change ; Stephen Austin's border world ; Planting colonies in Texas ; Austin's fractious neighborhood --
pt. 2. Americans all: the mixed world of Indian Country. The early West: the many faces of Indian Country. Cherokee, Shawnee, and Osage ; The view from Fort Osage ; The view from St. Louis ; Change, loss, and warfare on the Missouri ; The Arikara War ; Métis and half-breed in an Anglo-west --
Empires in transition: Indian Country at midcentury, 1825-1860. Counting Indians ; Expanding power ; The Santa Fe Trail ; Native nations and Texas Revolution ; Retrenchment and resistance ; The Osages and accommodation on the Arkansas ; Good Fathers and the fur trade ; Captivity tales and epidemic disease --
pt. 3. From nations to nation: imposing a state 1840-1865. Unintended consequences: families, nations, and the Mexican War. What if Guadalupe Boggs married Teresina Carson? ; Questions of citizenship and identity ; Joseph Smith and the origins of Mormonism ; Mexican revolutions ; Continental rumor factories ; The Bent family and the vagaries of war ; Bent's choice ; Brigham Young and the choices of war ; Hard choices in California ; The McLoughlins' choice --
Border wars: disorder and disaster in the 1850s. The evolving fur trade world ; Postwar family and business on the Arkansas ; Indian wars in the Pacific northwest ; Oregon's bloody legacy ; The failure of warfare and Washington's Native Nations ; Nation building in the southwest ; Raising families and fighting wars --
The state and its handmaidens: imposing order. Civil threats and the Mormons ; The personal politics of polygamy and theocracy ; The almost war and the massacre in Utah ; Conquest and chaos in California ; A nation of squatters ; While Kansas bled and native people fled ; The pesky details of popular sovereignty ; A national horror show ; The Minnesota uprising of 1862 --
Sand Creek and the Bent family nightmare --
Epilogue: How it all turned out. Sonoma ; Los Angeles ; Taos ; The Arkansas River ; Oregon ; St. Louis ; Kawsmouth.
Series Title: History of the American West.
Responsibility: Anne F. Hyde.


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