The Foul, Filthy American Frontier: The Disgusting Details about the Journey Out West
From dust storms and swarms of bugs to poisonous water and spoiled food, life could be filthy for pioneers in the American West. Get ready to explore the nasty side of life on the American frontier.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Capstone Press
(first published January 1st 2010)
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Living up to the series title, these books expose the nasty side of history. Each title opens with a brief overview and time line, followed by two- to three-page chapters that discuss the dirty and disgusting conditions that were prevalent in the past. Topics include excretion and sanitation, spoiled food, grisly medical procedures, bug infestations, and early death. Large illustrations and photos, that are dramatic but not overly explicit, add to the texts. These books, which prove that the goo...more
Apr 02, 2013 The Reading Countess rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Picked up thanks to the gazillions of Scholastic bonus points I seem to accumulate, I was disappointed by American Frontier. The facts themselves were interesting enough (who doesn't like to hear about the Donner Party when you are in third grade?), but that's the point...it's for a younger target audience. I was hoping to use this one as a mentor text for older readers. Still, I like the informational text features enough to point out some of them as perhaps a first glance at the genre when int...more
The book talks about the struggles early pioneers endured while trying to go out west. I guess I've read enough other J Non Fiction books on the subject, I feel there are better resource books out there that covers more of the topic with better illustrations and ideas. It's an okay book, just not really that good. It tends to be vague and the illustrations just aren't interesting.