The Oregon Trail

Author: Rinker Buck
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451659172
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Spanning 2,000 miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean, the Oregon Trail is the route that made America. In the fifteen years before the Civil War, when 400,000 pioneers used it to emigrate West, the trail united the coasts, doubled the size of the country, and laid the groundwork for the railroads. The trail years also solidified the American character: our plucky determination in the face of adversity, our impetuous cycle of financial bubbles and busts, the fractious clash of ethnic populations competing for the same jobs and space. At once an American journey, a work of history, and a personal saga, this book tells the story of Buck's 2,000-mile expedition across the plains. He was accompanied by three cantankerous mules, his boisterous brother, Nick, and an "incurably filthy" Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl. Along the way, Buck dodges thunderstorms in Nebraska, chases his runaway mules across miles of Wyoming plains, scouts more than five hundred miles of nearly vanished trail on foot, crosses the Rockies, makes desperate fifty-mile forced marches for water, and repairs so many broken wheels and axels that he nearly reinvents the art of wagon travel itself. Apart from charting his own geographical and emotional adventure, Buck introduces readers to the evangelists, shysters, natives, trailblazers, and everyday dreamers who were among the first of the pioneers to make the journey west.

The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck Summary Analysis

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The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck | Summary & Analysis Preview: Rinker Buck’s The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey chronicles Rinker and his brother’s experiences reliving the journey taken by the original nineteenth-century travelers of the Oregon Trail. At the same time, the author goes through his own mental and emotional journey and comes to grips with a variety of issues, such as being a pack rat and his relationship with his father… PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary & Analysis of The Oregon Trail • Summary of book • Introduction to the Important People in the book • Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style

Summary of The Oregon Trail

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ISBN: 9781945272479
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Inside this Instaread Summary & Analysis of The Oregon Trail* Summary of book* Introduction to the Important People in the book* Analysis of the Themes and Author's Style

Guide to Rinker Buck s the Oregon Trail

Author: Rinker Buck
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781545091623
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PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A GUIDE TO THE ORIGINAL BOOK. Guide to Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail Preview: Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey chronicles Rinker and his brother's experiences reliving the journey taken by the original nineteenth-century travelers of the Oregon Trail. At the same time, the author goes through his own mental and emotional journey and comes to grips with a variety of issues, such as being a pack rat and his relationship with his father... Inside this companion: - Summary of the book - Important People - Character Analysis - Analysis of the Themes and Author's Style

First Job

Author: Rinker Buck
Publisher: PublicAffairs
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Rinker Buck shares his experiences from his first job as a reporter for "The Berkshire Eagle" at the age of 22, analyzing the ways the position shaped his young mind and portraying his feelings and dreams.

Surviving the Journey

Author: Danny Kravitz
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 1491401877
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"Examines the Oregon Trail by discussing how and why it came to be and the immediate and lasting effects it had on the nation and the people who traveled it"--

The Oregon Trail

Author: David Dary
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0307429113
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A major one-volume history of the Oregon Trail from its earliest beginnings to the present, by a prize-winning historian of the American West. Starting with an overview of Oregon Country in the early 1800s, a vast area then the object of international rivalry among Spain, Britain, Russia, and the United States, David Dary gives us the whole sweeping story of those who came to explore, to exploit, and, finally, to settle there. Using diaries, journals, company and expedition reports, and newspaper accounts, David Dary takes us inside the experience of the continuing waves of people who traveled the Oregon Trail or took its cutoffs to Utah, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, and California. He introduces us to the fur traders who set up the first “forts” as centers to ply their trade; the missionaries bent on converting the Indians to Christianity; the mountain men and voyageurs who settled down at last in the fertile Willamette Valley; the farmers and their families propelled west by economic bad times in the East; and, of course, the gold-seekers, Pony Express riders, journalists, artists, and entrepreneurs who all added their unique presence to the land they traversed. We meet well-known figures–John Jacob Astor, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, John Frémont, the Donners, and Red Cloud, among others–as well as dozens of little-known men, women, and children who jotted down what they were seeing and feeling in journals, letters, or perhaps even on a rock or a gravestone. Throughout, Dary keeps us informed of developments in the East and their influence on events in the West, among them the building of the transcontinental railroad and the efforts of the far western settlements to become U.S. territories and eventually states. Above all, The Oregon Trail offers a panoramic look at the romance, colorful stories, hardships, and joys of the pioneers who made up this tremendous and historic migration. From the Hardcover edition.

Our Journey West

Author: Gare Thompson
Publisher: National Geographic Society
ISBN: 9780792251781
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Illustrated text, letters, and diary excerpts follow the fictional Marshall family, as they travel from New York State to the Oregon territory by wagon train in the 1850s.

The Oregon Trail

Author: Tim McNeese
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 160413027X
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During the 19th century, hardy pioneers used the Oregon Trail to migrate to the Pacific Northwest. The five- to six-month journey spanned 2,170 miles west through territories that became the states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. However, the journey west was not necessarily a smooth one. According to some statistics, about one-tenth of the emigrants perished along the way. After the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869, traffic along the Oregon Trail declined. Yet, the trail was used until modern highways were constructed parallel to large portions of the trail during the 1890s. The Oregon Trail: Pathway to the West focuses on the period of 1840-1859, when approximately 52,000 pioneers moved to Oregon, and nearly five times that opted to move to California and Utah.

Grammar for Teachers

Author: Andrea DeCapua
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319339168
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Updated and revised with more examples and expanded discussions, this second edition continues the aim of providing teachers with a solid understanding of the use and function of grammatical structures in American English. The book avoids jargon and presents essential grammatical structures clearly and concisely. Dr. DeCapua approaches grammar from a descriptive rather than a prescriptive standpoint, discussing differences between formal and informal language, and spoken and written English. The text draws examples from a wide variety of authentic materials to illustrate grammatical concepts. The many activities throughout the book engage users in exploring the different elements of grammar and in considering how these elements work together to form meaning. Users are encouraged to tap into their own, often subconscious, knowledge of grammar to consciously apply their knowledge to their own varied teaching settings. The text also emphasizes the importance of understanding grammar from the perspective of English language learners, an approach that allows teachers to better appreciate the difficulties these learners face. Specific areas of difficulties for learners of English are highlighted throughout.