Mary Dodge Woodward, a fifty-six-year-old widow, moved from Wisconsin with her two grown sons and a daughter to a 1,500-acre bonanza wheat farm in Dakota Territory's Red River valley in 1882. For five years she recorded the yearly farm cycle of plowing and harvesting as well as the frustrations of gardening and raising chickens, the phenomenon of mirages on the plains, the awesome blizzard of 1888, her reliance on her family, and her close relationship with her daughter. She noted "blots, mistakes, joys, and sorrows" in her "olf friend." This Borealis edition brings back to print a valuable record of a frontier woman's life.
"Mary Dodge Woodward's personal record of her life on a Dakota Territory 'bonanza farm' adds new detail and texture to the histories of both women and the West. . . . She] wrote about what she saw: The epic procession of reapers and threshing crews, the wildflowers and birds, the stupendous mirages that could make the wintry prairie an optical wonderland." --Elizabeth Jameson, from the Introduction
This volume tells many stories in one: the epic tale of men and women (some of them famous trailbreakers, some little known); the lures that attracted these pragmatic dreamers to the West; and the ordeals and disappointments they overcame along the way. Illustrated with archival photographs, paintings, maps and documents, the book offers the general reader an overview of the western trail network that bound an immature nation together and provided an armature for later development.
The most complete exploration of the controversial cultural history and natural history of bison. Hear the astonishing tale of a brutal war and the comeback of the century. Nature Book Society selection.
On February 25, 1837, a small casket was inscribed with the names of three men. Nearly a year after the devastating Battle of the Alamo, the ashes of David Crockett, James Bowie and William Barrett Travis were combined for posterity. But just as that casket probably doesn't hold the ashes of any of the three, time and myth has largely obscured the true story of their lives.William C. Davis separates truth from fiction in Three Roads to the Alamo. In many ways, the three men symbolized the types of people who pushed European migration west of the Mississippi. Crockett was an explorer who constantly sought out new horizons. Bowie was an entrepreneur who knew how to exploit the new land for profit. And Bowie symbolized the law makers and town builders who established settled communities. Drawing on extensive research carried out in the United States and Mexico, Davis entwines three biographies into one compelling tale of how these men came to be at the Alamo on the day of the fateful battle. Three Roads to the Alamo is a riveting tale that proves reality is much more interesting than myth. William C. Davis is the author or editor of thirty-five books on the civil war and southern history, including A Way Through the Wilderness, "A Government of Our Own " The Making of a Confederacy, and the prizewinning biography Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour. For many years a magazine publisher, Davis now divides his time between writing and consulting for book publishers and television. " Davis's] interwoven accounts create a vivid picture of new worlds being shaped and of the kinds of men who did the shaping, even -- or especially -- in death." -- New York Times Book Review
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Tombstone is written in a distinctly American voice. --T.J. Stiles, The New York Times
One of the great works of American exploration literature, this account of a scientific expedition forced to survive famine, attacks, mutiny, and some of the most dangerous rapids known to man remains as fresh and exciting today as it was in 1874.The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons, recently ranked number four on Adventure magazine's list of top 100 classics, is legendary pioneer John Wesley Powell's first-person account of his crew's unprecedented odyssey along the Green and Colorado Rivers and through the Grand Canyon. A bold foray into the heart of the American West's final frontier, the expedition was achieved without benefit of modern river-running equipment, supplies, or a firm sense of the region's perilous topography and the attitudes of the native inhabitants towards whites. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody was the most famous American of his age. He claimed to have worked for the Pony Express when only a boy and to have scouted for General George Custer. But what was his real story? And how did a frontiersman become a worldwide celebrity? In this prize-winning biography, acclaimed author Louis S. Warren explains not only how Cody exaggerated his real experience as an army scout and buffalo hunter, but also how that experience inspired him to create the gigantic, traveling spectacle known as Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. A dazzling mix of Indians, cowboys, and vaqueros, they performed on two continents for three decades, offering a surprisingly modern view of the United States and a remarkably democratic version of its history. This definitive biography reveals the genius of America's greatest showman, and the startling history of the American West that drove him and his performers to the world stage.