Boomtowns of the West (Life in the Old West)

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Bobbie Kalman, author of the acclaimed Historic Communities and Early Settler Life series, explores the action and adventure that made the West famous. In the latter part of the 19th century, more than half a million pioneers headed west to carve out a future on an unknown frontier. Some were drawn by the offer of cheap land and the promise of religious freedom while others had high hopes of finding gold. Thrilling, authentic photos and full-color illustrations recreate what life was really like for these cowboys, adventurers, and immigrants in this rough-and-ready era in our history.

A gold rush or the arrival of a railroad could turn a sleepy village into a boomtown overnight! Authentic photographs feature the townspeople of Boomtowns of the West and the often difficult conditions in which they lived. Detailed illustrations help show:
-- how towns were built
-- what kinds of businesses sprang up
-- the role women played in boomtowns
-- the dangerous job of sheriff
-- the railroad's devastating impact on Native peoples

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Taken from Chapter 5: Building a Boomtown The more people a boomtown had, the more prosperous it became. Boomers gave a free lot to the first couple to be married in town or to the first couple who had a baby. Their promotions were not always honest, however! They promised money, jobs, and land to settlers, but often they did not keep their promises. Some sold lots that did not exist, and when the settlers arrived, they had no place to live.

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Grade 3-6-These titles read like student note cards not yet absorbed into research-paper narratives. Choppy subsections under somewhat arbitrary "chapters" (usually two-page spreads) are filled with facts, opinions, and occasional directives to students. Words defined in the glossary are printed in boldface. Sound-bite style and superficiality aside, the tidbits, adorned with archival photographs, drawings, paintings, and visual dictionaries, nevertheless make pretty interesting reading. Unfortunately, the sources for the illustrations are difficult to trace since the note on acknowledgments is arranged by source rather than by page number and includes ambiguous "other images" credits (Tom Cruise on horseback in the film Far and Away seems a curious choice for depicting the Great Oklahoma Land Race). The eclectic collection of photographs of immigrants in Who Settled the West? is nicely laid out, though, as are the illustrations of the various boomtown buildings and the two-page scrapbook spread showing the variety of 19th-century attire in the other two volumes. Kalman's Canadian bias occasionally surfaces by presenting Canada as the land of opportunity for escaped slaves and a haven for uprooted Native Americans, a civilized country protected by the North West (now Royal Canadian) Mounted Police, while the folks living south of the border remained mired in lawlessness. Overall, though, these titles would be useful supplements for schools, drawing reluctant readers to the nonfiction section with their heavily illustrated format and snippets of history.
John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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