The Southwestern Frontier 1865-1881. A History of the coming of the Settlers, Indian Depredations and Massacres, ranching Activities, Operations of White Desperadoes and Thieves, Government Protections, Building of Railways, and the disappearence of the F

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Author: Rister, Carl Coke (1889-1955)

Year: 1928

Publisher: Arthur H Clark Company

Place: Cleveland


336 pages with frontispiece foldout map, illustrations, maps, bibliography and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/2") bound in original burgundy cloth with gilt lettering to spine. First edition.

When the Civil War came to a close in 1865, immigrants began to turn their thoughts toward the unoccupied lands of the West. Of the great stretches of rich plains subject to cultivation, no region was more inviting than that known as the Southwest, embracing the vast hills and plains of the Indian Territory, Texas and New Mexico. The traders of the Santa Fe Trail had long since told of the opportunities to be found in this region. Although the Southwest was pregnant with its possibilities, there were many problems to be solved, and much work to be done, before it could become the land of prosperous communities. the pioneers in their scattered settlements were promised only hardships and social isolation in paving the way for future development. the lack of good roads and means of communication made it difficult to keep in touch with the settlements father east. In this volume the author has attempted to described the frontier of the southwest before and after the Civil war. With the opportunities of development here after this great struggle, he has attempted to show how government sought to protect the frontier interest of the state when the attention of the federal authorities was direct to its needs. the policy put into operation was a defensive one, with the exception of Sheridan's winter campaign of 1868 against the Cheyenne, Comanche and Kiowa of the Washita country. It is shown how the federal military policy lacked cohesion. When summary punishment was inflicted on the Indians, and they were forced to give up their claims, the ranchers and farmers occupied the land. Paving the way to this new era came the destruction of the buffaloes, building of railways and the abandonment of frontier posts. This changing order is discussed in the closing chapters.


Previous owner's book plate to front pastedown, small gouge to spine else a very good copy.

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