Stock Image

The Lonesome Plains: Death and Revival on an American Frontier (West Texas a&M University Series, 7)

Fairchild, Louis

1 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 1585441821 / ISBN 13: 9781585441822
Published by Texas A&M University Press
Used Condition: Used - Like New Hardcover
From Powell's Bookstores Chicago, ABAA (Chicago, IL, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since February 25, 1998

Quantity Available: 2

Buy Used
Price: US$ 6.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

2002. Hardcover. Fine. Dust Jacket is Like New. Bookseller Inventory # C32225

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: The Lonesome Plains: Death and Revival on an...

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used - Like New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

About this title

Synopsis:

Loneliness pervaded the lives of pioneers on the American plains, including the empty expanses of West Texas. Most settlers lived in isolation broken only by occasional community gatherings such as funerals and religious revivals. In The Lonesome Plains, Louis Fairchild mines the letters and journals of West Texas settlers, as well as contemporary fiction and poetry, to record the emotions attending solitude and the ways people sought relief.

Hungering for neighborliness, people came together in times of misfortune—sickness, accident, and death—and at annual religious services. In fascinating detail, Fairchild describes the practices that grew up around these two focal points of social life. He recounts the building of coffins and preparation of a body for burial, the conflicting emotions of the pain of death and the hope of heaven, the funeral rite itself, the lost and lonely graves. And he tells the story of yearly outdoor revivals: the choice of the meeting site and construction of the arbor or other shelter, the provision of food, the music and emotionally-charged services, and tangential courting and mischief.

Loneliness is most recognized as a feature of life in the time of the early West Texas cattle industry, a period of sprawling cattle ranches and legendary cattle drives, roughly from 1867 to 1885. But Fairchild shows that it also characterized the lives of settlers who lived in West Texas from the beginning of permanent settlement of the Texas Panhandle (around 1876) through the population shift that occured around the turn of the century, as farmers and their families supplanted ranchers and their cattle.

Fairchild draws on primary materials of the early residents to give voice to the settlers themselves and skillfully weaves a moving picture of life in the open spaces of West Texas during the frontier-rural period of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

About the Author:

Louis Fairchild is a professor of psychology at West Texas A&M University. A graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. He is the author of They Called It the War Effort: Oral Histories from World War II.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Independent Bookstores since 1971.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

All items subject to prior sale. No questions asked refunds within 60 days. For shipping rates, click "Shipping: Rates & Speed" above. Powells Bookstore Inc., 3429 W. 47th Street, Chicago, IL 60632; catorders@powellschicago.com; 773-376- 8106. VAT: N/A.


Shipping Terms:

Orders ship within 2 business days. Domestic standard orders shipped via
USPS Bound Printed Matter; Domestic Expedited orders shipped via FedEx or UPS
Ground. All International orders shipped via courier, typically arriving
within 7-21 business days. Expedited and Standard International rates are the
same.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express