Frontiers: A Short History of the American West

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The American West: A New Interpretive History is an accessible examination of the many currents running throughout the United States westward expansion (its "Manifest Destiny").   Robert V. Hine and John Mack Faragher here offer a concise edition of their classic text, freshly updated. Lauded for their lively and elegant writing, the authors provide a grand survey of the colorful history of the American West, from the first contacts between Native Americans and Europeans to the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Frontiers introduces the diverse peoples and cultures of the American West and explores how men and women of different ethnic groups were affected when they met, mingled, and often clashed. Hine and Faragher present the complexities of the American West—as frontier and region, real and imagined, old and new. Showcasing the distinctive voices and experiences of frontier characters, they explore topics ranging from early exploration to modern environmentalism, drawing expansively from a wide range of sources. With four galleries of fascinating illustrations drawn from Yale University's premier Collection of Western Americana, some published here for the first time, this book will be treasured by every reader with an interest in the unique saga of the American West.

  • 248 pages
  • paperback 
  • by Robert V. Hine and John Mack Faragher

In the exhibition Acts of Faith: Religion and the American West (September 22, 2023 - February 25, 2024) you will travel beyond the mythologized “Wild West” and experience a land populated by preachers, pilgrims, and visionaries and home to sacred grounds and cathedrals that kindled spiritual feeling from the woodlands of New York to the valleys of California.

Item Number: 23122