The Plains Across: The Overland Emigrants and Trans-Mississippi West, 1840-60 by John D. Unruh, Jr.
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1979 University of Illinois Press hardcover in unclipped dust jacket and with 565 pages. From reviewer William J. Higgins III: "An exceptional in-depth study of the Oregon/California Emigrant Trail. Each chapter is thoroughly researched and written very well, with excerpts from the overlanders' journals and diaries, along with references from various newspapers throughout the country. . .Even if one is not into Western U.S. history, this book will make one look at the hardships, perils and sacrifices these people overcame to establish a new life for themselves, families, friends and relatives." Pioneers; Wagon Trains; Oregon Trail; Oregon-California Trail.