A Review of the Book “History of the American Frontier” Covering 1763-1893

Yeehaw, saddle up pardners it’s time to mosey on down to the wild, wild west with Frederic Logan Paxson’s masterpiece, “History of the West”. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History, this book covers the settlement of the American West and westward expansion from 1763-1893.

For a long time, there was no single volume covering the history of the West, but Paxson has got us covered with his fifty-nine chapters spanning almost 150 years. This book is a comprehensive and sweeping account of how the land mass of America was settled, starting from the English settlers in New England to the westward expansion that led to the sunny shores of California.

You’ll find yourself riding shotgun with American pioneers and Native Americans in conflicts during the War for Independence up until the end of the Civil War. Paxson also offers keen insight into frontier finance, the inner workings of canal and railroad corporations, and even Presidential edicts from Washington to Roosevelt. He’s not just a historian, he’s a time traveler that takes you on a journey through the Wild West.

Paxson’s literary wizardry is unparalleled, he doesn’t just regurgitate quotes from secondary and source material, he makes the material a part of himself. He has taken a pragmatic view of Westward expansion instead of conforming to a social history. This book is not just a collection of facts, it’s an adventure story that brings history to life.

With his work, Paxson has not only filled a historical void but has become an authority on the American frontier. As President of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association with undergraduate and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s from Harvard University, Paxson has won the trust of his readers with his meticulous research and engaging storytelling.

Each chapter of “History of the West” is a new adventure, like a trailboss leading us to new horizons. We witness the creation of the public domain, the purchase of Louisiana, the stabilization of the frontier and even the conquest of California. Paxson covers everything from political theories of the frontier, Jacksonian democracy, and even the permanent Indian frontier from 1825-1841.

The book isn’t just about the politics and economics of the time, it showcases the determination and resilience of the pioneers that settled the West. We witness the struggles they faced, and how they overcame them, like the War with Mexico, the Disruption of the Tribes, and even the Panic of 1873.

“History of the West” is an eye-opening read, and it’s not just for history buffs, it’s for anyone who loves a good adventure story. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you follow the journey of the pioneers who paved the way for us today. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand America’s rich and colorful history.

The book is available in paperback and weighs 1.62 pounds. The dimensions are 6 x 0.99 x 9 inches, making it the perfect size to tuck into your saddlebag for a ride through the Wild West.

In conclusion, “History of the West” is a masterpiece that will make you feel like you’re riding alongside pioneers, outlaws, and Native Americans through the dusty trails of the Wild West. Paxson has done an excellent job of filling the void of a single volume covering the history of the West, and with his literary wizardry, he brings history to life. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your cowboy hat, saddle up your horse, and let’s ride into the sunset with Frederic Logan Paxson’s “History of the West”.
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