By Nicolas S. Witschi
'A better half to the Literature and tradition of the yankee West' provides a chain of essays that discover the old and modern cultural expressions rooted in America's western states.
• bargains a finished method of the big variety of cultural expressions originating within the west
• makes a speciality of the intersections, complexities, and demanding situations discovered inside of and among different ancient and cultural teams that outline the west's a number of detailed regions
• Addresses commonly known icons and ideas in regards to the west (such as cowboys, wide-open areas, and violence) and their intersections with urbanization and different nearby complexities
• good points essays written by way of the various major students in western American cultural studies
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Toronto. Wyeth, John B. (1833). Oregon; A Short History of a Long Journey. Cambridge, MA: Wyrth. Fiction Averill, Charles. (1849). Kit Carson: Prince of the Gold Hunters. H. Williams. Bennett, Emerson. (1847). The Bandits of the Osage. Cincinnati: Robinson & Jones. Bennett, Emerson. (1848). The Prairie Flower, or, Adventures in the Far West. Cincinnati: Stratton. Bennett, Emerson. (1849). Lena Leoti, or, Adventures in the Far West. Cincinnati: Stratton. Bennett, Emerson. (1852). Viola, or, Adventures in the Far Southwest.
Washington Irving’s three western books – Tour of the Prairie, Astoria, and Captain Bonneville – also fall into this category, though his empire-building tone resembles Cooper, Parkman, and Biddle, Of these, though, Wyeth’s stands in the most intriguing contrast with Parkman’s. Now known as much for his magisterial histories of the French and Indian war, Parkman first achieved fame for The Oregon Trail. Like many of these travelers (including Bryant and Field), Parkman thought the dry air of the West would clear up his effeminizing ill health.
Nonetheless, in light of California’s “extraordinary natural advantages, her combined unparalleled mineral and agricultural resources … and the present prosperous state of things,” he argued that “there is not a country on the face of the globe more highly endowed with all the elements of prosperity, richer in precious metals, [or] richer in agricultural and other prospects, than California” (p. 20). To Seyd and like-minded observers, the golden dream of California was hardly a dream at all but rather a matter of applying good sense and cold hard cash to the opportunities that abounded.