Eyewitness to the Old West Firsthand Accounts of Exploration, Adventure, and Peril Edited by Richard Scott
An absorbing collection of more than 150 diverse vignettes excerpted from the published journals and diaries of people who lived or traveled in the Old West, these stories begin with the sixteenth-century cultural collisions between the Spaniards and the Native Americans and conclude with the Black Elk's mournful description of the Battle of Wounded Knee in 1890. All of the elements that comprise our understanding of the settlement of the West ---Native American depredations, captivity, death, birthing, and forces of nature, confrontations with wild animals, massacres, law and justice, and the inevitable advance of civilization ---- are represented in these myriad accounts. Eyewitness of the Old West places the reader face-to-face with the men and women who experienced one of the most electrifying epochs in American History.
Paperback, c2002, 401 p. : ill ; 15 cm Includes bibliographical references (p. 393-400)
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