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Trans-Appalachian Frontier, Third Edition : People, Societies, and Institutions, 1775-1850

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The first American frontier lay just beyond the Appalachian Mountains and along the Gulf Coast. Here, successive groups of pioneers built new societies and developed new institutions to cope with life in the wilderness. In this thorough revision of his classic account, Malcolm J. Rohrbough tells the dramatic story of these men and women from the first Kentucky settlements to the closing of the frontier. Rohrbough divides his narrative into major time periods designed to establish categories of description and analysis, presenting case studies that focus on the county, the town, the community, and the family, as well as politics and urbanization. He also addresses Spanish, French, and Native American traditions and the anomalous presence of African slaves in the making of this story.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 696 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 35.56mm | 839.14g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Third Edition
  • 13 b&w photos
  • 0253219329
  • 9780253219329
  • 1,185,443

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"The definitive history of the subject. Nothing approaches it in the scope of its coverage. I can think of no other book more frequently cited... on the conquest, settlement, and development of the region between the Appalachians and the Great Plains. [It is] the work of a master historian totally in control of his craft." -Andrew Cayton, Distinguished Professor of History, Miami University "...[a] classic that has significantly affected how American frontiers are conceived and how frontiers west of the Appalachian Mountains have been interpreted." -Warren R. Hofstra, Shenanadoah University, WILLIAM AND MARY QUARTERLY, July 2009 "... a library would not be complete without this work." -Ginette Aley, University of Southern Indiana, Alabama Review, Vol. 62.3 July 2009show more

About Malcolm J. Rohrbough

Malcolm J. Rohrbough is Professor of History at the University of Iowa and co-editor (with Walter Nugent) of the Indiana University Press series A History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier.show more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsA Note on Citations, Quotations, Maps, and Place NamesIntroductionPart I. Across the Mountains1. The Struggle for Security2. The Search for Stability3. Security and Stability in the Territory Northwest of the OhioPart II. The Widening Frontier, 179518154. The Reach of Government and the Authority of Law Spread across the Western Country5. Diverse Economies Moving toward Commercial Ends6. Many Varied Societies Emerge across the Western CountryPart III. The First Great Migration, 181518307. Across the Old Northwest and into Missouri8. The Flowering of the Cotton FrontierPart IV. The Enduring Frontiers9. Michigan: The Great Lakes Frontier10. Florida: A Sectional Frontier11. Arkansas: A Frontier More West than SouthPart V. The Second Great Migration, 1830185012. The New Counties of Alabama and Mississippi: A Frontier More South than West13. The Last Frontier of the Old Northwest: Illinois, Iowa, and WisconsinPart VI. The Trans-Appalachian West and the Nation14. Villages, Towns, and Cities Spread across the Western Country15. Changing Political Patterns across Three Generations16. The Trans-Appalachian West and the NationNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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