Frontier Ways: Sketches of Life in the Old West

Frontier Ways: Sketches of Life in the Old West

Frontier Ways: Sketches of Life in the Old West

Frontier Ways: Sketches of Life in the Old West

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With the exception of chapter eleven this book is made up of articles by the author selected from a much larger number which have appeared in various historical publications during a long period of years. Since comparatively few libraries have complete files of the journals or magazines in which they were originally published, they are in a sense buried and lost to most readers. It has therefore seemed worth while to assemble them in a single volume. While each essay is complete in itself all have a common theme which is the life of the pioneer settlers of the American West.

It is obvious that the book as a whole has been affected by the fact that each chapter was first written as an independent essay. This has meant that some repetitions have had to be eliminated, and other minor revisions made. It is hoped that the Foreword, the extracts from the author's unpublished verses, and the paragraphs introducing each chapter may serve as "connective tissue" to bind the chapters together in such fashion as to give a unified picture of pioneer life.

Some of the original articles were fully documented while others had few or no citations. For the sake of uniformity it has seemed best to omit all documentation. No bibliography is appended since any fairly comprehensive one would have to include many hundreds of titles and even then would be very incomplete.

The sources of information for the book as a whole are old letters, diaries, frontier newspapers, almanacs, pamphlets, books, and the oral testimony of living witnesses. In addition much has been obtained from the 132 typescript volumes called the Indian-Pioneer Papers to be found in the library of the University of Oklahoma. These consist of reminiscences of the early settlers of Oklahoma.

It must be confessed, however, that the author has leaned . . .

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