The Plains Across: The Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1840-60.

Western Americana] Unruh, Jr., John D.

Published by University of Illinois Press, Urbana, 1979
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Title: The Plains Across: The Overland Emigrants ...

Publisher: University of Illinois Press, Urbana

Publication Date: 1979

Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition


A Fine copy in a Very Good plus unclipped dust jacket with a closed tear to the front fold and gentle edge wear. An exceptional in-depth study of the Oregon/California Emigrant Trail. Each chapter is thoroughly researched and written very well, with excerpts from the overlanders' journals and diaries, along with references from various newspapers throughout the country. The author presents the political and social ramifications from the news media of the pros and cons of overland travel to Oregon and California. Unruh unravels the "whys" as to the emigrants' desire to pursue such an endeavor, risking loss of everything, including possibly life itself. We also get a feel for how the overlanders got along with each other; their relations with Indians; the battles of overcoming hunger, thirst, cold, etc. There is also mention of private entrepreneurs along the trail who were trading and selling goods at exorbitant prices; the "white Indians" who were white men masqueraded as Indians taking advantage of the emigrants; the Mormon influence throughout the Salt Lake area, along with the "Winter Mormons" who were average non-Mormon emigrants wishing to overwinter in Salt Lake but subjected to cruel and unjust treatments. Bookseller Inventory # 24243

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