Frontiers A Short History of the American West John Mack Faragher, Robert V. Hine

The Lamar Series in Western History
Publication date:
01 May 2008
Yale University Press
288 pages: 254 x 178mm
32 pp. illus.
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A new edition of the authors' definitive history of the American West, updated and rewritten for a popular audience

Published in 2000 to critical acclaim, The American West: A New Interpretive History quickly became the standard in college history courses. Now Robert V. Hine and John Mack Faragher offer a concise edition of their classic, 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.

Robert V. Hine is professor emeritus, University of California, Riverside and Irvine. He lives in Irvine. John Mack Faragher is Arthur Unobskey Professor of American History, Yale University. He is the author of Women and Men on the Overland Trail and Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie, both published by Yale University Press. He lives in Hamden, CT.

"A concise history of the American frontier West written by two of its foremost historians, paying special attention to the impacts on and relations among diverse races and cultures, including women's roles and perspectives. . . . Highly recommended for public and school libraries in need of a basic, up-to-date overview of American frontier history."—Library Journal

"Full of fascinating information, Frontiers is fresh in its perspectives and lively and likable in style.  Altogether, it's a terrific read."—The Scotsman

Selected as a 2008 AAUP University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries

"Smart, lively, and lucid, this book takes a sweeping, expansive view of the American West, offering anyone a fine point of departure for exploring the many paths into the past."—Gregory Nobles, author of American Frontiers: Cultural Encounters and Continental Conquest

"There is simply no better first journey into the vast terrain of Western history than this lively, learned, clear-eyed volume. Another winner for Hine and Faragher."—Virginia Scharff, University of New Mexico, Autry National Center

"From the Caribbean to Canada and from the Atlantic to the Pacific, this marvelous survey spotlights the unexpected twists and turns that occurred when peoples met and mingled and how from these cultural encounters emerged today's American West. Hine and Faragher find in our frontier history the key to 'our common past' and a 'blueprint for our common future.'"—Stephen Aron, Department of History, UCLA