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Getting Outside

Author: Michael Waterman
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781530929344
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This is a memoir of a childhood spent on an isolated livestock ranch on the southern coast of Oregon in the mid-twentieth century. The author's family kept heading west until they reached the Pacific Ocean and then stalled for a hundred years. While much of the United States by 1950 was already urbanized, on Four Mile Creek horses were being replaced by tractors, axes by power saws, and coal-oil lamps by electric lights. The contrasts between the myths of the American West and reality are described: living off the land, freedom from all outside authority, cowboys, loggers, wilderness and the conflicted roles of men and women.

From The Outside Looking In

Author: Matthew J. Grow
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190493453
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This book contains fifteen essays, each first presented as the annual Tanner Lecture at the conference of the Mormon History Association by a leading scholar. Renowned in their own specialties but relatively new to the study of Mormon history at the time of their lectures, these scholars approach Mormon history from a wide variety of perspectives, including such concerns as gender, identity creation, and globalization. Several of these essays place Mormon history within the currents of American religious history--for example, by placing Joseph Smith and other Latter-day Saints in conversation with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nat Turner, fellow millenarians, and freethinkers. Other essays explore the creation of Mormon identities, demonstrating how Mormons created a unique sense of themselves as a distinct people. Historians of the American West examine Mormon connections with American imperialism, the Civil War, and the wider cultural landscape. Finally the essayists look at continuing Latter-day Saint growth around the world, within the context of the study of global religions. Examining Mormon history from an outsider's perspective, the essays presented in this volume ask intriguing questions, share fresh insights and perspectives, analyze familiar sources in unexpected ways, and situate research on the Mormon past within broader scholarly debates.

Growing Up With The Country

Author: Elliott West
Publisher: UNM Press
ISBN: 9780826311559
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Historians have paid little attention to the lives and contributions of children who took part in westward expansion. In this major study of American childhood, now available again in paperback, Elliott West explores how children helped shape--and in turn were shaped by--the frontier experience. Frontier children's first vivid perceptions of the new country, when deepened by their work, play, and exploration, forged a stronger bond with their surroundings than that of their elders. Through diaries, journals, letters, novels, and oral and written reminiscences, West has reconstructed the lives of the children who grew to become the first truly Western generation.

Pioneer Jews

Author: Harriet Rochlin
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618001965
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Contributions of the Jewish men and women who helped shape the American frontier.

Children And Childhood In Western Society Since 1500

Author: Hugh Cunningham
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317868048
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This book investigates the relationship between ideas about childhood and the actual experience of being a child, and assesses how it has changed over the span of five hundred years. Hugh Cunningham tells an engaging story of the development of ideas about childhood from the Renaissance to the present, taking in Locke, Rosseau, Wordsworth and Freud, revealing considerable differences in the way western societites have understood and valued childhood over time. His survey of parent/child relationships uncovers evidence of parental love, care and, in the frequent cases of child death, grief throughout the period, concluding that there was as much continuity as change in the actual relations of children and adults across these five centuries. For undergraduate courses in History of the Family, European Social History, History of Children and Gender History.