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In 19th century America, the great surge westward by settlers eager to open up the frontiers and take advantage of as-yet unknown natural resources. This extraordinary story is detailed in this fact-filled and illustration-packed reference featuring specially commissioned photographs of surviving weapons, implements, tools, and equipment, as well as Native American artifacts. The text, also illustrated with rare period photos, describes how explorers, homesteaders, the lawless and lawmen, buffalo hunters, railroaders, and others lived-and often fought-with each other and the Native Americans beyond the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean and from the northern territories to the Mexican border.
This extraordinary story is detailed in this fact-filled and illustration-packed reference featuring specially commissioned photographs of surviving weapons, implements, tools, and equipment, as well as Native American artifacts.
About the Author
Wayne Youngblood is a freelance author and editor with a broad variety of interests. He has written books on a range of subjects from colonial history and American Indians to stamps and stamp collecting. In addition, he has authored thousands of columns and features covering historical and collectible subjects. His specific awareness of Mathew Brady's work came from a longtime interest in early photography, the American Civil War, and US postage stamp design, for which numerous attributed and unattributed Brady photos have been used as sources.Ray Bonds has been a defense journalist, editor, and publisher during a career spanning over thirty five years, covering periods and activities as wide ranging as the American Civil War, anti-ballistic missile systems, stealth warfare, and modern military intelligence gathering. He has written and edited scores of well respected titles on the world's major armed forces, their battles, weapons, and organization, with a specialty in the armed services of the United States.
Table of Contents
Opening the West — The riverboats — The opportunists — Frontier politics — The clash of red & white — George Armstrong Custer — Frontier community — crime and punishment — life on the range — The end of the old West.
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