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A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary Hardcover – September 10, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press; 1st Edition edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607812347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607812340
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A magnificent new biography which will immediately become not only the standard biography of Jacob Hamblin, but also one of the greatest biographies in the fields of Mormon and Utah history. Exhaustively researched and documented, and judiciously interpreted.”—Gary Topping, editor of If I Get Out Alive: World War II Letters and Diaries of William H. McDougall Jr. (The University of Utah Press, 2007)

 

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Todd M. Compton specializes in Mormon history and the classics and has published numerous articles and five books in these areas, including In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith and Fire and Sword: A History of the Latter-day Saints in Northern Missouri (coauthored with Leland H. Gentry.)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David H. on March 2, 2014
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I have read all the books written about Jacob Hamblin. I know most of the family stories about him.
I believe Todd Compton has researched Jacob's life better than anyone else. He has taken an objective position on his life and provided us with details never given before.
Todd gave wonderful insights into a man who never sought fame only to understand and serve the native Americans in the region where he lived.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Kent C. Condie on March 21, 2014
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The author presents by far the best and most thorough biography of Jacob Hamblin. It is well researched and the author often contrasts different accounts of the same incident.
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While looking into my family history, I read a typewritten transcript of Jacob Hamblin's journals and became fascinated by the man and his life. This work fills in the gaps and contains much research I wouldn't have been able to duplicate. It is also very readable and easy to follow, although a good map of the areas of Jacob Hamblin's exploration and ministration would have been useful. I've read or attempted to read several other biographies of Jacob Hamblin that had been romanticized or idealized in a way that did not contrast well with the clear sharpness of the journals and histories written by Jacob Hamblin, perhaps because of the difference between the 19th century frontier experience and the 20th century view of it. The scholarly tone and research of this book gave it much more weight and credibility. However, I felt the journals, even with their misspelling, poor punctuation, and lack of background helped me understand the character of Jacob Hamblin so much more than A Frontier Life has done. Todd M. Compton doesn't attempt to address in depth the beliefs of Jacob Hamblin, something that would be out of the scope of this book, perhaps, but Jacob Hamblin cannot be understood without an understanding of his faith. Characteristics that are presented as contrasts by Compton all have a source in his belief and his religion: his 'mysticism', his practical frontier skills and outlook, his exploration, his missionary work, his colonization, his respect for authority and standing up against authority, his value for family, and frequent absences from them, his feeling for and concern for the native American people he worked among, and his desire to change many parts of their culture and belief; all these things have a unity in his faith.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joan Hamblin on January 6, 2014
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This is the fifth book I have read on Jacob Hamblin. While it is very well researched, it is also readable. I found it fascinating. He (Jacob Hamblin) deserves much more acclaim than he has received. Look at all the famous western gunslingers who were also Indian killers. Jacob negotiated with and was a friend to the Indians. He looked out for the welfare and never even wounded one.
During his work with the Indians in the Southwest, from 1850 in Tooele, Utah to his death in 1886 in New Mexico, Jacob was constantly in the saddle trying to persuade whites to treat the Indians fairly and to persuade the Native Americans to not sell their children into slavery, to teach them how to grow crops and be self-reliant, to persuade both sides to deal peacefully with each other. During this time he crossed the Colorado River through the vast Grand Canyon at least 14 times, becoming the first white to do so after Father Escalante a hundred years earlier, but who was lost. Jacob Hamblin was also the first man to circumnavigate the Grand Canyon; he circled this immense canyon twice.
After John Wesley Powell made his first trip down the Colorado River during which three of his men abandoned the trip and climbed out of the canyon. However, they were murdered by Indians. On his second excursion, Powell enlisted the help of Jacob Hamblin who became his guide and in many cases, his translator. Jacob negotiated a peace treaty with the Navajos at which Powell and his men were present.
The fact that only one fort was built (Fort Defiance) in Hamblin's area of influence, Northern Arizona, Northwest New Mexico, Southern Utah and Southwest Colorado, speaks to his success in peacekeeping. And that fort was built before Hamblin had a chance to influence either the U.S.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Boyack on October 9, 2014
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A very good history but probably a bit more detail than I needed.
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