The Oregon Trail : an American saga (Audiobook on CD, 2005) [WorldCat.org]
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The Oregon Trail : an American saga

Author: David Dary
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
Summary:
Starting with an overview of Oregon Country in the early 1800s, a vast area then the object of international rivalry among Spain, Britain, Russia, and the United States, [the author of this book] gives us the whole sweeping story of those who came to explore, to exploit, and, finally, to settle there. [He] takes us inside the experience of the continuing waves of people who traveled the Oregon Trail or took its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: David Dary
OCLC Number: 58591811
Notes: Originally published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, ©2004. 1st ed.
Description: 1 audio disc ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Exploration of Oregon --
Astoria --
Discovering the Oregon Trail --
John McLoughlin and the missionaries --
American occupation of Oregon --
Emigrants of 1843 --
Self-rule and more emigrants --
Fifty-four Forty or fight --
Year of decision --
New Zion, more emigrants, and a massacre --
Lull before the rush --
Gold Rush of 1849 --
Hectic year of 1850 --
Changing road --
More change and civil war --
Decline of the Trail --
Rebirth of the Trail --
Appendixes: Historic landmarks; Cutoffs and other roads.
Responsibility: David Dary.

Abstract:

Starting with an overview of Oregon Country in the early 1800s, a vast area then the object of international rivalry among Spain, Britain, Russia, and the United States, [the author of this book] gives us the whole sweeping story of those who came to explore, to exploit, and, finally, to settle there. [He] takes us inside the experience of the continuing waves of people who traveled the Oregon Trail or took its cutoffs to Utah, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, and California. He introduces us to the fur traders who set up the first forts as centers to ply their trade; the missionaries bent on converting the Indians to Christianity; the mountain men and voyageurs who settled down at last in the fertile Willamette Valley; the farmers and their families propelled west by economic bad times in the East; and, of course, the gold-seekers, Pony Express riders, journalists, artists, and entrepreneurs who all added their unique presence to the land they traversed ... Throughout, [the author] keeps us informed of developments in the East and their influence on events in the West, among them the building of the transcontinental railroad and the efforts of the far western settlements to become U.S. territories and eventually states. Above all, [he] offers a panoramic look at the romance, colorful stories, hardships, and joys of the pioneers who made up this tremendous and historic migration.-http://www.loc.gov/catdir.

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