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"This is more than an antiquarian's joy because Mr. Tunis tells in his crisp style, with amusing commentary, not only how the frontiersmen lived but why, and that is the essence of social history"
- The New York Times Book Review
FRONTIER LIVING brings to light every significant aspect of daily life on the American frontier, with vivid text and more than 200 wonderful drawings. Immerse yourself in the character and culture of the men and women who stood at the harsh cutting-edge of our civilization: their dwellings, clothing, food, furniture, household articles; their hunting, farming, schooling, transportation, government; their amusements, superstitions, and religion.
In FRONTIER LIVING the reader finds the forest frontiersman in his log cabin, the ranchero in his casa, the sodbuster in his prairie sod house. Here is the keel-boatman, the cotton farmer, the fur trader, the mountain man, the forty-niner, the cowhand--each helping to shape a new and distinctive way from untamed country. The flintlock gun, the Kentucky rifle, the freight and Conestoga wagons, the stagecoach, the Ohio flatboat, the first steamboat and steam railroad, are all reconstructed here in exact detail.
This informative, authentic re-creation of the American frontier, seen in relation to its historic perspective, offers a major contribution toward an understanding of the American character.
EDWIN TUNIS has a distinguished reputation as an artist, illustrator, and muralist. He is also the author of several books on American history, including Colonial Living, which won the Thomas A. Edison Award, as well as Oars, Sails and Steam, Wheels, and The Young United States: 1783-1830.