Spokane: Arthur H. Clark Company, 2002. First Edition. 336pp. Octavo [24.5 cm] Red cloth with title and rules gilt stamped on the backstrip and front board. Fine. American Trails Series XX (20). Item #3394
The first scholarly work on children's narratives of the trail. Although at least one-fifth of the approximately 350,000 persons who followed the Platte River road were young people, their story was previously neglected. Extracts from diaries, journals, letters and reminiscences are woven into the analytical framework developed by the author to interpret the experience of youngsters moving west, either with their families on their own. Clark & Brunet 203.