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The Frontier Experience
Presented by Dr. Bobby H. Johnson, January 2002

The main points of the lecture demonstrate how the frontier of the United States actually started in the East coast colonies of Virginia and New England. Three centuries and three thousand miles later the frontier was the West coast (California) as the people traveled across the continent that became the United States.

The frontier period is generally recognized as ending about 1890 when there was no longer an easily identifiable frontier line.

Many maps were used to illustrate the timeframes of expansion, ethnicity of the frontiersmen, and the expansion of the roads, railroads and cattle trails.
Some recommended books on this period of history are:
Bartlett, Richard A. The New Country: A Social History of the American Frontier, 1776 - 1890 New York: Oxford University Press, 1974
HIGHLY Recommended
Beck, Warren and Haase, Ynez Historical Atlas of the American West Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1989
Conzen, Kathleen N. "A Saga of Families" (in Clyde Milner, II et al, The Oxford History of the American West), pp 315-357 New York: Oxford University Press, 1994
McFarland, Gerald A Scattered People: An American Family Moves West New York: Penguin Books, 1987
Interesting story of the author's ancestors westward movement
Sale, Randall and Karn, Edwin American Expansion: A Book of Maps Homewood, IL: The Dorsey Press, 1962
Excellent maps
West, Elliott Growing Up With the Country: Childhood on the Far Western Frontier Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1989

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