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Barbed Wire: The Fence that Changed the West

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Before the mid-1800s, much of the American West was a vast
expanse of open plains. Native tribes followed buffalo herds
unimpeded for hundreds of miles, cowboys ran cattle wherever
water and grass led them, and the cattleman s Law of the Open
Range ruled. All this changed when settlers pouring into the West
under the Homestead Act of 1862 brought with them the Eastern
farmer s c
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Paperback, 141 pages
Published February 10th 2016 by Mountain Press Publishing Company (first published 2009)
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Bethk
Aug 11, 2015 Bethk rated it it was amazing
Barbed Wire: The Fence that Changed the West by Joanne S. Liu
ISBN 978-0-87842-557-0
Copyright 2009 Mountain Press Publishing Company

This is a history book of just how it was that a simple product made of steel managed to change history in a twist of the wire, over a period of decades.
In times preceding the advent of barbed wire, farmers in the eastern part of the country made fences of stone and of wood to mark the boundaries of their fields, as well as keep livestock, wild animals, and other peo
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Claudia Mundell
Oct 18, 2011 Claudia Mundell rated it liked it
I picked this book up in Pagosa Springs, Co and was eager to read it. Most readers would not find it interesting at all. But I did because I had taught Shane for so many year and the changes barbed wire was making in the West were a part of that book. I would loved to have had this book then. Not anything very exciting you can say about barbed wire, but this mere twisting of a small piece of wire had big economic impacts, changed the distribution of the country's population, and contributed the ...more
Sharonewoods
Feb 12, 2011 Sharonewoods rated it really liked it
Biased on my rating a little because I know the author. However, I'd recommend this book to anyone who finds the subject intriguing. The author said it was supposed to be geared to a young adult reader, so it is a fairly easy read and not too long. The most interesting part for me was the description of the open range laws that ruled the plains before the age of barbed wire. The meteoric rise of the barbed wire industry is also quite interesting.
Jessica
Jun 28, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
Since I was a child I was interested in the barbed wire fencing that cuts and divides the rural landscape. I picked this book up at a western historical museum and was glad to finally have some answers to why barbed wire dissects the frontier. Good read; very informative.
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