The New Country

The New Country : A Social History of the American Frontier 1776-1890

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From borax mule trains to the canoe stop that was Chicago in the 1830s, this book vividly recreated the tale of the westward movement of pioneers into the heartland of North America. With nearly a century separating historian Richard Bartlett from the end of the movement, Bartlett's broad perspective stresses the continuity and inevitability of this greatest element of America's Golden Age. The book focuses on the settlement of the country, the racial and ethnic composition of the people, agriculture, transportation, developments of the land, the growth of towns and cities, and the nature of frontier society as it brilliantly brings to life the frontier experience as lived by millions of Americans. Bartlett concludes that the pioneer's freedom from restrictions in a new country resulted in the unprecedented burst of energy that settled America in some 114 years.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 136.1 x 204.2 x 26.2mm | 472.77g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • illustrations, maps
  • 0195020219
  • 9780195020212

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The New Country is about humanity released from restrictions as never before, yet with the knowledge and technological skills of the nineteenth century.
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A vivid and detailed account of life in the westward sweep between 1776 and 1890. * The Los Angeles Times *
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