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Scots in the North American West, 1790–1917 Hardcover – Nov 15 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (Nov. 15 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806132531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806132532
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,758,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although Scots have never been an exceptionally large immigrant group in North America, their presence in the West proved significant in a variety of arenas. In this unique and engaging new book, Ferenc Morton Szasz outlines the many contributions Scots have made to the development of the region.

Scots trappers dominated the fur trade, often proving more loyal to clan than to trading company or nation. Relying on centuries of experience raising livestock for British markets, Scottish investors and managers became highly visible in the post-Civil War western cattle industry with thriving outfits such as the Swan Land and Cattle Company in Wyoming. They introduced new breeds to western ranching, such as the Aberdeen Angus, that remain popular today. Similarly, Scots herders dominated the western sheep industry, running herds of over 100,000 animals. Andrew Little's sheep ranch in Idaho was so famous that a letter addressed simply "Andy Little, USA" found its intended recipient. This book illuminates the many Scottish explorers, traders, adventurers, ranchers, artists, photographers, and writers who helped forge what is perhaps America's greatest cultural export -- the myth of the West.

About the Author

Ferenc M. Szasz is professor of U.S. intellectual history and U.S. history of religion, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He is the author or editor of several books on New Mexico history.

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This book provided an interesting insight into the Scottish influence in the west, told sometimes in storybook fashion, but still informative and entertaining. Author also provides good references and other suggested readings that are helpful. I would highly recommend this reading especially for those who want to explore Scottish heritage outside of Scotland.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9af5e9a4) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x9bad68b8) out of 5 stars America and the Old West come to life. July 16 2002
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This book provided an interesting insight into the Scottish influence in the west, told sometimes in storybook fashion, but still informative and entertaining. Author also provides good references and other suggested readings that are helpful. I would highly recommend this reading especially for those who want to explore Scottish heritage outside of Scotland.
HASH(0x9b8458e8) out of 5 stars Scots in the N. American West Jan. 9 2015
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Book arrived within 15 days of ordering it. It came as described. This book informs of when the Scots came to N. America from 1790 to 1917. It only covers the famous Scots and families, however every now and again you see other Scot names that were not so famous mentioned in the book. I am hoping that a friend of mine can find a few of his family members when he reads this book.
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HASH(0x9b8459e4) out of 5 stars Misrepresented Jan. 8 2011
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I expected to get a hardcover book. What i got was a cheap trade paperback. I was so disappointed!! False advertizing.


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