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The Oregon Trail (1849)

by Francis Parkman

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Keen observations and a graphic style characterize the author's remarkable record of a vanishing frontier. Detailed accounts of the hardships experienced while traveling across mountains and prairies; vibrant portraits of emigrants and Western wildlife; and vivid descriptions of Indian life and culture. A classic of American frontier literature.… (more)



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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
A very interesting and illuminating journal of sorts, written by a 23 year old man looking for adventure in the American West of the 1840s. While one might not agree with his analysis about the native societies, his observations appear valid, and his prose paints a clear picture of his time. Occasionally his narrative timeline was muddled, and I had to turn back a page or two to get my bearings, but the chapters flow well for the most part. The attitude of the author and his companions are sometimes upsetting, but should be viewed in the context of the time and the age of the people involved. Definitely recommended. ( )
  fuzzi | Jun 10, 2020 |
I had never had any interest in this type of book, but found it captivating in its language and descriptions of Indians and life in the West in the 1850's. ( )
  keithostertag | Apr 19, 2020 |
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  iwb | Feb 16, 2017 |
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Parkman, Francisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benton, Thomas HartIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Commager, Henry SteeleIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guthrie Jr., A. B.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Langellier, John P.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pendrey, Peterlino-cutssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Remington, FredericIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wyeth, N. C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Presents accounts of a young man’s travels on the Oregon Trail and his sojourn with the Oglala Indians.
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