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American Confluence: The Missouri Frontier from Borderland to Border State (A History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier) Hardcover – December 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0253346919 ISBN-10: 0253346916 Edition: First

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Product Details

  • Series: A History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; First edition (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253346916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253346919
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"This sophisticated analysis... focuses upon the sprawling lands that marked the intersection of the country's three primary rivers—the Mississippi, Ohio, and Missouri—as well as the diverse peoples who inhabited those lands between 1600 and 1860.... Recommended." —Choice


"This is western history at its best." —Western Historical Quarterly

(Western Historical Quarterly)

"A real pleasure to read, the book adds considerably to the anthropological discussion about the degree to which invading people are successful in transplanting their culture and the degree to which they are transformed by the new environment and peoples they are invading." —Missouri Historical Review

(Missouri Historical Review)

"A fascinating and useful contribution to both Atlantic world and North American West scholarship—a claim certainly few other monographs could make." —H-Atlantic


About the Author

Stephen Aron is Professor of History at UCLA and Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of the American West at the Autry National Center. He is author of How the West Was Lost: The Transformation of Kentucky from Daniel Boone to Henry Clay.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Sutter on February 18, 2013
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This is the fourth book I've read in the History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier series and the one I enjoyed most. The others were The Ohio Frontier, Frontier Indiana, and Frontier Illinois. All were very well written histories of frontier life in those states. All of the books showed explicitly how rigorous life was for the pioneers as well as the American Indians. This book about Missouri, however, showed how shamefully the Indians were treated by the American government as well as the pioneers who were settling the area. After statehood in 1821, the Missouri government continued this treatment. Thomas Hart Benton had an explanation for why the ouster of Missouri's Indians was imperative: "To remove the Indians would make room for the spread of slaves." Calls for ridding Missouri of its Indian population were not new, but the demands gained greater force in the 1820s when newly arriving Americans objected to any Indian presence in their environs. During and after the War of 1812, the clamor for "slaying every Indian from here to the Rocky Mountains" grew louder.

Overall, if you have an interest in frontier history I think you'll enjoy this book.
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