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Frontier Living: An Illustrated Guide to Pioneer Life in America Paperback – August 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-1585741373 ISBN-10: 158574137X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158574137X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585741373
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is more than an antiquarian's joy because Mr. Tunis tells in his crisp style, with amusing commentary, not only how the frontiersmen lived but why, and that is the essence of social history".-- The New York Times Book Review

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Frontier Living brings to light every significant aspect of daily life on the American frontier, with vivid text and more than 200 wonderful drawings. Immerse yourself in the character and culture of the men and women who stood at the harsh cutting-edge of our civilization: their dwellings, clothing, food, furniture, household articles; their hunting, farming, schooling, transportation, government; their amusements, superstitions, and religion.In Frontier Living the reader finds the forest frontiersman in his log cabin, the ranchero in his casa, the sodbuster in his prairie sod house. Here is the keel-boatman, the cotton farmer, the fur trader, the mountain man, the forty-niner, the cowhand - each helping to shape a new and distinctive way from untamed country. The flintlock gun, the Kentucky rifle, the freight and Conestoga wagons, the stagecoach, the Ohio flatboat, the first steamboat and steam railroad, are all reconstructed here in exact detail.This informative, authentic re-creation of the American frontier, seen in relation to its historic perspective, offers a major contribution toward an understanding of the American character. (8 1/2 X 11, 168 pages, maps, illustrations)

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The illustrations are excellent - as are ALL of his books.
Country Girl
This is a book I was delighted to add to my collection, and I recommend it to everyone who has an interest in pre-1900 America.
Chrijeff
I'd buy it again even if the binding lost a few pages again (like mine did).
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Chrijeff VINE VOICE on January 17, 2003
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The subtitle says it all: "An Illustrated Guide to Pioneer Life in America, Including Log Cabins, Furniture, Tools, Clothing, and More." From about 1725 to the closing of the frontier, Tunis examines dozens of aspects of American frontier life in this sequel to his "Colonial Living," and even touches on history (the little-known Black Hawk War, the Santa Fe trade, etc.). His clear, detailed pen-and-ink sketches provide a perfect visual accompaniment to written commentary. (Check out the household articles on pp. 24-5, the tub mill on p. 40, the spinning wheels and loom on pp. 46-8, and--my favorite--the elementary prairie well-drilling rig on p. 157, to take just a few examples.) As is often the case with juvenile social histories, he manages to touch on things you don't learn in books written for an adult audience, so the volume should be useful to researchers of every age. My one complaint is the positioning of the page numbers, which are buried in the crack of the binding! This is a book I was delighted to add to my collection, and I recommend it to everyone who has an interest in pre-1900 America.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marco Antonio Abarca VINE VOICE on May 24, 2008
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In "Frontier Living", Edwin Tunis follows out country's century long westward expansion from the Eastern Seaboard, over the Appalachian Mountains, into the Midwest and South and finally across the Missisippi River to the West Coast. Tunis' focus is not on dates and famous leaders but on the lives of ordinary pioneers. What makes this book so special are Edward Tunis' msterful pen and ink illustrations. He was one of the master illustrators of the Twentieth Century. Tunis' drawings of such ingenious things as flutter-wheel sawmills, bullboats and tree stump pulling equipment are absolutely fascinating. For those who love books that focus on material culture, be sure to check out eh works of Eric Sloane, another master illustrator. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Country Girl on September 4, 2008
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Enjoyable and informational from front to back. The illustrations are excellent - as are ALL of his books. It doesn't matter what page you read -- it will be interesting. Guaranteed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Foothills Reader on June 1, 2013
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Like new paperback arrived within 2 days using Amazon Prime. Suitable for teachers, American history buffs and anyone wishing to learn more about early American immigration and settlements from east to west. Perfect for our local museum Heritage Days display. Not a history text book. More appropriate for young adults and those wishing to discuss pioneer living vs. modern living.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lance E. Osborne on December 7, 2013
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Fun! Educational! Interesting! An "oh, that's how that worked" or "oh, that's where that came from" kind of book. With wonderfully detailed illustrations plus entertaining and enlightening descriptions. Well organized. Definitely worthy of the Newbery Honor. Thank you Mr. Tunis for this work. It was a delight to read and helped me immensely with my own historic novel project.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael the Traveler on October 5, 2014
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A good nuts and bolts approach tot he material life of Americans from 1620-1850. How they farmed, manufactured, traded and built things. Some of the snarkier judgemental views of the author on the societies (particularly native americans) was unwelcome. The illustrations, mostly by the author, are quite nice and add a lot to understanding the paragraphs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DGenie on January 16, 2014
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I've read a lot of pioneer books but this one had several things I didn't know about daily living on the trail.
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your kids will enjoy this book as it teaches them every aspect of frontier living and covers everything from the colonial day to the wild west they will learn about everything they did in that era and you will to.
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