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The Trans-Appalachian Frontier
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 ...more
Published January 31st 1998 by Wadsworth Publishing Company
(first published November 30th 1978)
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Nearly thirty-five years after its original publication, Malcolm J. Rohrbough's The Trans-Appalachian Frontier remains the definitive study of the settlement and development of the vast frontier that lay west of the Appalachian Mountains and along the Gulf Coast. Over a span of seventy-five years, beginning with the first small settlements in Kentucky and Tennessee in the middle 1770s, Americans pushed west and south forming new territories and states, stretching from the Appalachians to the fir ...more
This book is a bit different than other histories of the period I have read, it looks more at the "big picture" rather than focusing on specific events. Very helpful if you are looking to understand how the frontier societies developed over time.