Distant Horizon: Documents from the Nineteenth-century American West

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Gary Noy
U of Nebraska Press, 1999 M01 1 - 467 pages
The West has figured in the American imagination under many guises: as the last best place on earth, a refuge, an escape, a land of opportunity, but also as a place of conquest and failure. Where Lewis and Clark saw great possibilities, Native cultures found disappointment and loss. This collection presents the diverse and often contradictory accounts that make up the mosaic of the nineteenth-century American West.



From Thomas Hart Benton?s famous speech in the Senate when he argued that non-white civilizations must fall before the western expansion of white Americans to Black Elk?s story of a way of life lost on the frozen ground at Wounded Knee, Gary Noy offers a representative sampling of the many Wests that historians have strug-gled to define for over a century. Distant Horizon chronicles the dusty world of the cowboy, the hard-scrabble existence of the farmer and the settler, and the miner?s vision of golden glory. It examines the independent nature of the explorer and mountain man and the sometimes heroic, sometimes cruel existence of the soldier. We hear the voices of those outside the mainstream of power?women and Westerners of color?and explore the most tragic element of Western history: the confinement, subjugation, and extermination of Native Americans. No other single volume provides as many readings on as many topics in the history of the American West.

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Contents

THE SPIRIT AND THE MYTH I
1
Thomas Jeffersons Instructions to Meriwether Lewis 1803
2
The Great Nation of Futurity John OSullivan 1839
6
Speech to the United States Senate Thomas Hart Benton 1846
8
Texas Mary Austin Holley 1831
9
Walt Whitman and the American West II
11
B Pioneers O Pioneers Walt Whitman 1881 I
12
Marvels of the New West W M Thayer 1887
13
Susan Magoffin 1846
271
Elizabeth Dixon Smith Geer 1848
279
Catherine Haun 1849
280
Sarah Winnemucca 1883
285
The Lives of Native American Women Meriwether Lewis 1805
288
Pauline Lyons Williamson 1885
290
Elinore Pruitt Stewart 1909
294
Women as Reformers
297

Silver fever Mark Twain 1899
15
From My Antonia Willa Cather 1918
17
The Significance of the Frontier Frederick Jackson Turner 1893
21
From The Virginian Owen Wister 1902
26
From The OldTime Cowband Ramon F Adams 1961
28
The CowBoy Texas Jack 1877
29
The Cowboy Dance House Joseph G McCoy 1874
30
No life can be pleasanter Theodore Roosevelt 1893
31
Recipe for the Western Movie Charles W Harris and Buck Rainey 1976
32
Arizona Nature Myth James Michie 1959
34
EXPLORERS AND MOUNTAIN MEN
36
Sacajawea Meriwether Lewis and William Clark 18051806
77
FARMERS AND TOWNSFOLK
84
Considerations that make irrigation attractive to
105
Texas Cattle Kingdom Houses of the 1840s William Banta 1893
111
The Triple Nationalities Frederick Law Olmsted 1857 I 20
120
BURY ME IN A TREE THE MINING FRONTIER I 29
129
Woodruff v North Bloomfield Gravel
147
The Gold Recovery Process Homestake Mining Company 1976
154
Violence in Coeur dAlene Spokane WA Weekly Review 1892
161
THE IRON HORSE
170
Labor Troubles along the Line Grenville Dodge 1869
176
Completion of the Pacific Railroad Henry Varnum Poor 1869
182
Terrible antipathy A C Buell 1877
189
THE PEOPLE AND THE RESPONSE
201
Joseph 1871 and 1879
208
Luther Standing Bear 1933
210
Black Elk on Fettermans Massacre 1932 2 1 2
212
Sitting Bull c 1870
213
Geronimo c 1905
214
Ten Bears and Quanah Parker 1867 and 1875
215
The Ghost Dance Vision of Wovoka 1890
219
Black Elk and Wounded Knee 1932
220
Response to the Dawes Commission Choctaw and Chickasaw Nation c 1895
222
The Response
224
Indian Removal Charles Eaton Haynes 1836
226
Andrew Jackson on Indian Removal 1835
229
The Folly of Making Indian Treaties Harpers Weekly 1876
231
The Indian Question Thomas Morgan 1891
233
The Cost of Justice Theodore Roosevelt 1885
236
The Dawes Act 1887
238
On Both SIDES OF THE TIN BADGE
240
The Vigilantes of Bannack Montana 1864
245
The Draw Eugene Cunningham 1971
247
The Gunfight at the O K Corral Wyatt Earp 1881
250
A Chronicle of Billy the Kid 18791881
253
The Legend of Jesse James 1882
259
Wild Bill George Armstrong Custer 1874
261
Wild Bill Hickok Abilene and John Wesley Hardin 1871
263
Sheriff Frank Canton and Teton Jackson 1880s
266
WOMEN OF THE AMERICAN WEST
270
A A Century of Dishonor Helen Hunt Jackson 1881
298
B The object of the Alliance Bettie Gay 1891
300
We urge all women to enter protest National American Woman Suffrage Association 1893
302
Kansas Women and Reform 18671899
303
E The General Federation of Womens Clubs Martha White
310
F A tremendous spurt forward Rheta Childe Dorr 1905
311
G The Decision in Muller v Oregon 1908
312
H The Consumers League and the Muller Case Rheta Childe Dorr 1908
314
WESTERNERS OF COLOR
316
John Chinaman Anonymous 1855
319
A Chinese Chronicle 18481868
320
A Chinese Massacre Los Angeles Daily News 1871
322
The Chinese Exclusion Act 1882
326
I couldnt be more surprised Hanayo Inouye 1923
328
Life in a Black Army Regiment Thomas Higginson 1869
329
Causes of the Exodus Henry Adams 1877
333
In consequence of abolition incendiarism 1860
337
Senator Bruce and the Indians 1880
339
That was courtship Laura Black Bear Miles C 1960
341
A continual round of pleasure and joy James Henry Gleason 18461850
343
Hispanics in the American West
347
A They Could Not Be Considered White Persons They Were Mexicans Texas Constitutional Convention 1846
348
Arrested and hanged as suspects El Clamor Publico 1857
355
THE FARFLUNG BATTLE LINE
361
vii
373
The Civil War in the American West
375
Camp Douglas Patrick Edward Connor 1868
386
The Sand Creek Massacre 1864
392
The Battle of Little Bighorn 1876
398
Many soldiers fell Two Moons 1898
402
Buffalo Soldiers in the Desert Charles Cooper 1877
406
CowboYS AND COWMEN
408
Pioneers of civilization Theodore Roosevelt 1888
409
A man suited for his times Emerson Hough 1898
412
An Englishman Describes the Cow Boy 1887
414
The Roundup John Baumann 1887
415
The Trail Drive Clarence Gordon 1883 Andy Adams 1903
417
Stampede Anonymous 1870s Charles J Steedman 1904
423
Cattle Prices and Quality Solon Robinson 1854
425
Deadwood Dick Nat Love 1907
427
Tools of the Trade Mary J Jaques 1894
429
The End of the Trail Wichita Eagle 1874 Daniel Wilder 1886
431
On the Cattle Ranch
433
A Business Considerations James Brisbin 1881
434
B The Mess House Galveston News 1886
438
Cowboy Rules David Dary 1989 Ramon Adams 1969
439
General Rules of the Xit Ranch 1888
440
Sources
445
Index
457
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Gary Noy is an instructor at Sierra Community College and a regular contributor for Sierra Heritage.

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