As Big as the West
The Pioneer Life of Granville Stuart
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As Big as the West by Clyde A. Milner
Book DescriptionGranville Stuart (1834-1918) is a quintessential Western figure, a man whose adventures rival those of Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill, or Sitting Bull, and who embodied many of the contradictions of America's westward expansion. Stuart collected guns, herded cattle, mined for gold, and killed men he thought outlaws. But he also taught himself Shoshone, French, and Spanish, denounced formal religion, married a Shoshone woman, and eventually became a United States diplomat. In this fascinating biography, Clyde A. Milner II and Carol A. O'Connor, co-editors of the acclaimed Oxford History of the American West, trace Stuart's remarkable trajectory from his birth in Virginia, through his formative years in the agricultural settlements of Iowa and the mining camps of Gold Rush California, to his rough-and-tumble life in Montana and his rise to prominence as a public figure. Along the way, we see Granville and his brother James battling bandits and horsethieves and becoming leaders of the new Montana territory. The authors explore Granville's life as a cattleman, including his role as the leader of a vigilante force, known as "Stuart's Stranglers," responsible for several hangings in 1884, his abandonment of his half-Shoshone children after his second marriage, his government service in offices ranging from the head of the Butte Public Library to U.S. Minister to Paraguay and Uruguay, and his final years, during which he composed a memoir, Forty Years on the Frontier, still widely read for its dramatic account of the era. Written with narrative flair and a lively awareness of current issues in Western history, As Big as the West fully illuminates the conflicting realities of the frontier, where a man could speak of wiping out "half-breeds" while fathering 11 mixed-race children, and go from vigilante to diplomat in the space of a few years.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195127096
(235mm x 156mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 27-May-2010
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Clyde A. Milner
Oxford History of the American West, Paperback (December 1996)
Ranging from an analysis of John Ford's "My Darling Clementine", to a revisionist look at cattle grandee Granville Stuart, to a survey of Western art and literature, this volume aims to broaden the reader's understanding of the vast American West.
New Significance, Hardback (September 1996)» View all books by Clyde A. Milner
These essays represent a reinterpretation of the American West in terms of the issues and subjects of late 20th century America. The emphasis is on younger scholars. The result is a basic book on the state and direction of Western history.
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Author Biography - Clyde A. Milner
Clyde A. Milner II and Carol A. O'Connor are professors of History at Arkansas State University, and co-editors of The Oxford History of the American West. For eighteen years-from 1984 to 2002-Clyde Milner edited the Western Historical Quarterly.
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