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The Passing of the Frontier; a chronicle of the old West   By: (1857-1923)

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In "The Passing of the Frontier," Emerson Hough deftly captures the essence of the Old West by meticulously chronicling the transformation and ultimate demise of an era often romanticized in American literature. With an eloquent and engaging narrative, Hough invites readers on a captivating journey into the heart of the untamed West, tracing a timeline that spans several decades.

Hough's impeccable research shines through in the pages of this book, as he presents a comprehensive account of the changing landscapes, the conflicts, and the aspirations of those who ventured into the frontier. His attention to detail is evident, not just in the historical accuracy of his descriptions, but also in the vivid imagery that breathes life into each passing scene. It is almost as if the reader can feel the rugged terrain beneath their feet, smell the wildflowers on the plains, and taste the excitement that permeated the air during those transformative years.

Throughout the book, Hough's writing is infused with a deep reverence for the spirit of the pioneers and frontiersmen who left their mark on the West. He paints a nuanced portrait of their struggles and triumphs, giving readers a profound understanding of the grit and determination that characterized those who braved the unknown. Hough's impeccable storytelling unveils the tales of adventurers, outlaws, Native Americans, and settlers, weaving a tapestry of intertwined lives that shaped the destiny of the West.

One of the book's greatest strengths is the author's ability to capture the genuine complexity of the Old West. Hough avoids romanticizing the frontier, presenting a balanced narrative that delves into the social, economic, and political factors that ultimately contributed to its passing. While he celebrates the pioneering spirit, he also confronts the harsh realities of the changing times, ultimately offering readers a bittersweet reflection on the loss of an era that would forever shape American identity.

Though published over a century ago, "The Passing of the Frontier" remains an invaluable resource for those seeking to understand the legacy and mythos of the Old West. Hough's eloquent prose, combined with his deep respect for history, make this book a timeless classic. Its rich insights into a fading period of America's past serve as a reminder of the transformative power of the frontier and the indomitable spirit of those who encountered it. Whether you are a history enthusiast or simply in search of a compelling narrative, "The Passing of the Frontier" is an absolute must-read.

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THE PASSING OF THE FRONTIER

A CHRONICLE OF THE OLD WEST

By Emerson Hough

New Haven: Yale University Press

Toronto: Glasgow, Brook & Co.

London: Humphrey Milford

Oxford University Press

1918

CONTENTS

I. THE FRONTIER IN HISTORY II. THE RANGE III. THE CATTLE TRAILS IV. THE COWBOY V. THE MINES VI. PATHWAYS OF THE WEST VII. THE INDIAN WARS VIII. THE CATTLE KINGS IX. THE HOMESTEADER

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

THE PASSING OF THE FRONTIER

Chapter I. The Frontier In History

The frontier! There is no word in the English language more stirring, more intimate, or more beloved. It has in it all the elan of the old French phrase, En avant! It carries all of the old Saxon command, Forward!! It means all that America ever meant. It means the old hope of a real personal liberty, and yet a real human advance in character and achievement. To a genuine American it is the dearest word in all the world.

What is, or was, the frontier? Where was it? Under what stars did it lie? Because, as the vague Iliads of ancient heroes or the nebulous records of the savage gentlemen of the Middle Ages make small specific impingement on our consciousness today, so also even now begin the tales of our own old frontier to assume a haziness, an unreality, which makes them seem less history than folklore... Continue reading book >>




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