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ADVENTURERS AND PROPHETS: American Autobiographers in Mexican California, 1828-1847.

Churchill, Charles B.

ISBN 10: 0870622285 / ISBN 13: 9780870622281
Published by Spokane: Arthur H. Clark Co. , 1995. dj, 1995
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Hardcover first edition - First printing. An introduction to the lives and memoirs of 11 early American travelers and settlers in California, and of the role the books which these men wrote men played in promoting California to Americans back east. The Merchant & Traders included Alfred Robinson, William Heath Davis, and William Dana Phelps; those who came ' Before the Mast' included Richard Henry Dana , and William Henry Thomes; the Mountain Men included James Pattie, Kit Carson, Zenas Leonard and others, and finally the 'Exponents of Empire' included Thomas Jefferson Farnham and Henry Augustus Wise. 5 pages of portraits and plates. Bibliography and index. 278 pp. Fine in red cloth, no dj as issued. Bookseller Inventory # 25293

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Publisher: Spokane: Arthur H. Clark Co. , 1995. dj

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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Working from the autobiographical writings of influential and legendary pioneers to California, the author weaves a rich tapestry of the California landscape in the 19th century.

Kit Carson, explorer and mountain man; Richard Henry Dana, seaman; William Heath Davis, Jr., prominent trader who assimilated into the Californio upper class; James Ohio Pattie, fur trapper; William Dane Phelps, ship captain; Alfred Robinson, trader and prominent merchant and sailor; Henry Augustus Wise, U.S. Navy Lieutenant hell-bent on expansion; William Henry Thomes, feckless thrill-seeker; Leonard and Nidever, explorers; Benjamin Davis Wilson, Indian Agent; and Thomas Jefferson Farnham, participant in the Graham Affair, are included.

All provide observations that enhance our understanding of the attitudes of California immigrants. Records of their perspectives, expectations, ideals and loyalties expose the contradictions and complexities of what it can mean to be an American.

These personal narratives, combined with social, cultural, political and economic elements, offer an authentic record of early California society. This original interpretation examines personal prejudices and chauvinism at work on the pre-gold rush frontier.

Edition strictly limited to 750 copies

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Charles B. Churchill is a professor of history at California State University, Chico.

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