Three Frontiers : Family, Land, and Society in the American West, 1850-1900 (Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Modern History)

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Three Frontiers : Family, Land, and Society in the American West, 1850-1900 (Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Modern History)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 313 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521585750
  • DDC分類 973

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New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 1994. Explores the values and aspirations of settlers in the American Far West by comparing the rural people who settled in the Willamette Valley in the 1840s, the Urah Valley in the 1850s, and the Biise Valley in the 1860s.

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This book explores the values and aspirations of early settlers in the American Far West. It compares those who settled in the Willamette Valley in the 1840s, the Utah Valley in the 1850s, and the Boise Valley in the 1860s. The Oregon and Utah settlers tried with differing degrees of success to resist the modernizing trends represented by Idaho, but ultimately adopted their individualistic, commercial, and acquisitive values. How did Americans move away from a culture centering on family and kin and from attitudes that valued and protected the land, not for its commercial worth, but as the base of support for future generations? What led to the present tendency to pursue individual pleasure and material well-being at the expense of communal and broader societal well-being? These two questions are central to this comparative study of the three groups who pioneered the Western frontier.

Table of Contents

Preface
1. A long, tedious journey
2. His own customs are the best
3. These savage desert regions
4. The heirs of my body
5. The soil to our posterity
6. The place where we lived
7. Our paths diverged
Coda
Note on sources
Appendix.