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Empires, Nations, and Families

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Empires, Nations, and Families

A New History of the North American West, 1800-1860

By Anne F. Hyde

Ecco Press, Paperback, 9780062225153, 640pp.

Publication Date: October 2, 2012

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"Ingenious. A magnificent scholarly achievement. A sweeping new narrative account of western] history. A book to ponder and plunder."
--Virginia Scharff, Western Quarterly Review

"Not only well researched and presented but instantly absorbing."
--Adrienne Caughfield, Journal of American History

Pulitzer Prize nominee and winner of the Bancroft Prize--historical writing's most prestigious award--Empires, Nations, and Families is an epic work of American History that fills in the blanks on the map of the American West between 1800 and 1860. Historian Anne F. Hyde--author of An American Vision: Far Western Landscape and National Culture and co-author (with William Deverell) of The West in the History of the Nation--tells a riveting true story of Native Americans, entrepreneurs, fur trappers and fur traders in a vibrant "wilderness" to which Daniel Boone himself was a Johnny-come-lately.



About the Author
Anne F. Hyde is a professor of history at Colorado College. She is the author of "An American Vision: Far Western Landscape and National Culture" and coauthor, with William Deverell, of "The West in the History of the Nation."


Praise For Empires, Nations, and Families

“A sharp reframing of the history of the early Western frontier in personal terms. Elegantly written . . . with a vast dramatis personae and stage, Hyde’s book sheds considerable light on the 19th-century development of the nation.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Ingenious. A magnificent scholarly achievement. . . . A sweeping new narrative account of [Western] history. A book to ponder and plunder.”
-Virginia Scharff, Western Historical Quarterly

“Provocative. A book that is not only well researched and presented but instantly absorbing.”
-Adrienne Caulfield, Journal of American History

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