So Rugged and Mountainous ePUB Ä So Rugged PDF/EPUB

So Rugged and Mountainous ePUB Ä So Rugged PDF/EPUB

So Rugged and Mountainous [EPUB] ✷ So Rugged and Mountainous By Will Bagley – The story of America’s westward migration is a powerful blend of fact and fable Over the course of three decades almost a million eager fortune hunters pioneers and visionaries transformed the face The story of America’s westward migration is a powerful blend of fact and fable Over the course of three decades almost a million eager fortune hunters pioneers and visionaries transformed the face of a continent—and displaced its previous inhabitants The people who made the long and perilous journey over the Oregon and California trails drove this swift and astonishing change In this magisterial volume Will Bagley tells why and how this massive emigration beganWhile many previous authors have told parts of this story Bagley has recast it in its entirety for So Rugged PDF/EPUB or modern readers Drawing on research he conducted for the National Park Service’s Long Distance Trails Office he has woven a wealth of primary sources—personal letters and journals government documents newspaper reports and folk accounts—into a compelling narrative that reinterprets the first years of overland migrationIllustrated with photographs and historical maps So Rugged and Mountainous is the first of a projected four volume history Overland West The Story of the Oregon and California Trails This sweeping series describes how the “Road across the Plains” transformed the American West and became an enduring part of its legacy And by showing that overland emigration would not have been possible without the cooperation of Native peoples and tribes it places American Indians at the center of trail history not on its margins.

10 thoughts on “So Rugged and Mountainous

  1. Greg Strandberg Greg Strandberg says:

    I really enjoyed this book I read a lot than I thought I would each time I picked it upIt's about the earliest attempts at crossing America to Oregon You get a lot on the tail end of the early fur trade before the War of 1812 broke out The real focus is the 1840s and the early attempts to get across on the known routes Highlights are the Hastings cutoff and a few other shorter routes that really took their toll Lots of people died and you get good details on that Makes for interesting readingI wish the Donner Party was covered a bit I did like how much the early California trade was profiled however All in all a great book for casual history readers Let's face it we don't know much between 1800 and 1860 Fix that by picking up this book

  2. Adrian Adrian says:

    History of the wagon trains that blazed their way from Missouri to Oregon and California in the 1840s Bagley uses a wealth of original sources to draw out exactly what the trip was like from what people took how the wagons were built to what they encountered along the way He deals with the Bartlesby Bidwell party and the Donners and reveals all sorts of interesting facts that Indian attacks were seldom a problem people walked alongside the wagons rather than riding in them and oxen were the preferred animal to pull the wagon It's also determined that so many wagons went east to west that pasturage on the central plains was ruined for years afterward

  3. C. C. says:

    Author did an amazing job of telling the history of this era in such an engagingwayThis book reads like an exciting adventure taleI loved all the interesting facts it is filled withIt is also very thoroughI especially enjoyed learning about 'why' oxen were the preferred animals to pull the wagonsas opposed to horses and even mulesMakes me wish I had the pleasure of ever knowing a team of oxen or even one oxbut I have never even seen oneI also appreciated the info about how helpful the Indians often were instead of the usual BSdenigrating themSo much interesting information hereit surprised me how much I enjoyed reading this big bookOnly one complaintI wish the author had included a chapter on what the emigrants thought of Californiaand described it as well as he did OregonHopefully the next book will cover thatI always wondered what they thought of such a drastically different landscapeflora and fauna and the earthuakesHighly recommended for anyone interested in the history of this era

  4. Jean Jean says:

    My newest obsession is with the OregonCalifornia Trail in large part due to the review of this book in the Atlantic a few months back My obsession actually started about 20 years ago with by Lillian Schlissel The journeys were a defining time in America's history and Will Bagley tells the story in a fascinating way He begins with an eagle's eye view of the trail which for me made it seem much real The stories about the people who blazed the trail and those who followed are fascinating The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is that he tends to go on and on with some sections about minor facts If you want to know about the OregonCalifornia trail this book is the best to start with It was expensive at 45 and I couldn't find it at my library but I did not regret the cost and it deserves a prominent place in my non fiction library So Rugged and Mountainous is the first of four volumes I can't wait for the next installment

  5. K.A. Krisko K.A. Krisko says:

    I picked up this book along with three others after a review in High Country News It was the third I read after Hard Road West Meldahl and The Plains Across Unruh After the background I got from those two books this book was an easy read It's very comprehensive and I'd probably recommend it as the one book to read about this time period in western history Bagley hits on topics lots of other people ignore pass over or don't know about and presents a very balanced view of the different people western emigration affected and their motivations and backgrounds He uses many of the same illustrations as Meldahl and Unruh but also some others It appears to be exhaustively researched I will re read it soon and look forward to the rest of the series I believe there are two to come

  6. Tom Tom says:

    Very enjoyable history of the pioneers that traveled westward in search of a better life I also like the fact that the author includes the Native Americans who were there first A great read if you love the history of the Old West and the OregonCalifornia trails

  7. Gaylord Dold Gaylord Dold says:

    Bagley Will So Rugged and Mountainous University of Oklahoma Press 2011Fifty years later Catherine Sager Pringle recalled that her father was one of the “restless” ones who took his large family including a pregnant wife west along the Oregon Trail in 1844 A German immigrant Henry Sager sold his property in the Platte Purchase and in April started across the plains with William Shaw’s train There were six children in the family four girls and two boys hardly old enough to be of any help On the North Platte a wagon wheel crushed Catherine’s leg and all the Sager males fell dangerously illOne month later along the Green River Henry realized that he was dying and could not be reconciled to the thought of leaving his helpless wife and children alone On August 28 he died and was buried on the banks of the river while his wife nursed her newborn In September Mrs Sager fell ill and died just west of Fort Bridger leaving her 4 month old newborn Henrietta and the other children orphans How could we not care about these people?“So Rugged and Mountainous” is a monumental work vast in scope precise in detail generous in vision; and Will Bagley a professional historian not connected to any academic institution has drawn on a vast reservoir of primary sources personal letters and journals newspaper reports government documents and folk accounts to produce a new and lasting contribution to the continuing project known as New Western HistoryBagley ascends the heights climbed before him by such luminaries as Francis Parkman who traveled the trail as far as Fort Laramie in the mid 19th century the brillian Bernard DeVoto Wallace Stegner David Lavender and the estimable Dale Morgan yet manages to create a deeply indelible phenomenology of western migration that offers continuing insights into the migrants and their worldMuch like Patricia Limerick at the University of Colorado who pioneered deconstructivist Western History Bagley concentrates on both material culture and sociology which never neglecting the wider historical contextOne would think that the narrative has been all but mined dry But Bagley digs deeply into the trail itself and discovers it in ways that are new rich exciting and different its geographical and topographical facts the social and political structure of its travelers the day to day of travel he describes in detail the construction of the wagons and handcarts involved the care and feeding of animals oxen had to be shoed a shallow trough was dug the animal tipped over into it and men shoed the ox while its feet were helplessly in the air the food and clothing the weather religion breaking and making camp health carte and food among many other fascinating topicsWagon trains were societies in miniature Trains which differed in size nevertheless reflected the convictions passions and beliefs of Americans in general and reflected too their racial prejudices religious passions and complicated mixtures of kinship blood and marriage Everybody went west and they went with every conceivable motive Preachers went with their Bibles lawyers with their books and doctors with their medicine chests men ran from the law an their wives nurserymen went with their trees blacksmiths with their anvils and shoemakers with their awls needles bristles and lasts Bagley takes it all in including the reactions and many layered responses of native Americans to the immigrantsContrary to popular imagination the Oregon and California trails carried relatively few people seldom much than 1500 people each year far fewer than went b y boat around the Cape horn for example No matter the westward migration stands with World War II as one of America’s proudest tims And in many ways Bagley’s project resembles most closely the writing of the great French historian Fernan d Braudel whose work on Mediterranean culture was eually comprehensive yet exciting and readable“So Rugged and Mountainous” has been announced as Volume 1 of “Overland West The Story of the Oregon and California Trails” Volume 2 titled “With Visions Bright Before Them” is next with two subseuent volumes following at one year intervals Bagley is shaping up not only to write history but to make it

  8. Chris Chris says:

    A very good survey of the opening of the Oregon and California trails from the early 19th century to the eve of the gold rush Full of references to primary sources that give a lot of color and depth to the story

  9. Cody Cody says:

    Very well written It is a detailed history so I found myself often scanning over the great amount if details I learned a lot and appreciated his fair treatment of the Indians and the trials they suffered

  10. JL JL says:

    Expected than one inadeuate map to help understand placestrails

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