West of Wichita

West of Wichita

Settling the High Plains of Kansas, 1865-1890

Book - 1986
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This volume, which presents a "slice-of-life" on the Plains during its early settlement, adds rich detail to our understanding of the struggle for survival in a harsh landscape that tested the hardiest pioneer. Miner concentrates not only on the major economic events of the period--railroad building, Indian raids, the grasshopper invasion of 1874, the blizzard of 1886--but also on the more personal experiences equally important: building sod houses, choosing crops, filing of claims, fighting varmints, and dealing with the deaths of children on the prairie.

"Magnificent. . . . A subtle and often moving account of pioneer life. . . . A truly splendid book."-- Choice

"Regional history at its best. . . . Many of the traditional tales of early hardships--grasshopper plagues, Indian attacks, the stress of loneliness and isolation, drought, blizzards, prairie fires, and the unaccustomed hazards of nature--are retold with vigor and a sense of immediacy. These gritty tales of pioneer persistence and stubbornness are used to illustrate the region's cyclical history of hope and despair. . . . Not the least of Miner's talents is his engaging style. Images are alive, progression of the story lively, and the analysis convincing. This first-rate book is an important addition to the history of Kansas and, more broadly, to the study of western settlement."-- American Historical Review
Publisher: Lawrence, KS : University Press of Kansas, c1986.
ISBN: 9780700603640
Characteristics: viii, 303 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.


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