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Trans-Appalachian Frontier, Third Edition
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The first American frontier lay just beyond the Appalachian Mountains and along the Gulf Coast. Here, successive groups of pioneers built new societies and developed new institutions to cope with life in the wilderness. In this thorough revision of his classic account, Malcolm J. Rohrbough tells the dramatic story of these men and women from the first Kentucky settlements to the closing of the frontier. Rohrbough divides his narrative into major time periods designed to establish categories of description and analysis, presenting case studies that focus on the county, the town, the community, and the family, as well as politics and urbanization. He also addresses Spanish, French, and Native American traditions and the anomalous presence of African slaves in the making of this story.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. A Note on Citations, Quotations, Maps, and Place Names
  2. p. xv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Part I. Across the Mountains
  2. pp. 17-21
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  1. 1. The Struggle for Security
  2. pp. 22-49
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  1. 2. The Search for Stability
  2. pp. 50-81
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  1. 3. Security and Stability in the Territory Northwest of the Ohio
  2. pp. 82-112
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  1. Part II. The Widening Frontier, 1795–1815
  2. pp. 113-120
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  1. 4. The Reach of Government and the Authority of Law Spread across the Western Country
  2. pp. 121-153
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  1. 5. Diverse Economies Moving toward Commercial Ends
  2. pp. 154-187
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  1. 6. Many Varied Societies Emerge across the Western Country
  2. pp. 188-222
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  1. Part III. The First Great Migration, 1815–1830
  2. pp. 223-232
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  1. 7. Across the Old Northwest and into Missouri
  2. pp. 233-273
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  1. 8. The Flowering of the Cotton Frontier
  2. pp. 274-309
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  1. Part IV. The Enduring Frontiers
  2. pp. 311-315
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  1. 9. Michigan: The Great Lakes Frontier
  2. pp. 316-350
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  1. 10. Florida: A Sectional Frontier
  2. pp. 351-387
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  1. 11. Arkansas: A Frontier More West than South
  2. pp. 388-417
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  1. Part V. The Second Great Migration, 1830–1850
  2. pp. 419-422
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  1. 12. The New Counties of Alabama and Mississippi: A Frontier More South than West
  2. pp. 423-454
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  1. 13. The Last Frontier of the Old Northwest:Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin
  2. pp. 455-487
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  1. Part VI. The Trans-Appalachian Westand the Nation
  2. pp. 489-491
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  1. 14. Villages, Towns, and Cities Spread across the Western Country
  2. pp. 492-527
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  1. 15. Changing Political Patterns across Three Generations
  2. pp. 528-555
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  1. 16. The Trans-Appalachian West and the Nation
  2. pp. 556-581
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 583-636
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 637-655
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 657-675
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