- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Mountain Press; First edition (November 10, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0878425578
- ISBN-13: 978-0878425570
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When barbed wire was introduced and accepted by cattlemen and farmers, the world was changed forever. The open range was closed, agricultural crops were saved, animals were safer and breeding was improved. For anyone dealing with or has an interest in barb wire, this book is a great source of information.--Jerry Turner --The Mexia News
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Before the mid-1800s, much of the American West was a vast expanse of open plains. Native tribes followed buffalo herds unimpeded for hundreds of miles, cowboys ran cattle wherever water and grass led them, and the cattleman's Law of the Open Range ruled. All this changed when settlers pouring into the West under the Homestead Act of 1862 brought with them the Eastern farmer's concept of fencing in farms. With the invention and mass production of barbed wire in the 1970s, it soon became possible for homesteaders to fence off millions of acres of what was once open range. But barbed wire threatened the livelihood of the cattlemen who depended on unfenced grasslands, and a clash of cultures was inevitable.
In a style that will capture the interest of adult and teen readers, "Barbed Wire: The Fence That Changed the West" reveals the suprisingly critical role the invention of barbed wire played in the settling of America. From the legal battles over barbed wire patents to the brutal fencing wars that erupted on the frontier and the ultimate end of the open range, author Joanne Liu tells the fascinating story of how a simple twist of wire transformed a country's landscape and ushered in a new way of life.
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barbed wire had on the settling of the American West. It follows the 80/20
rule ... the author expertly weaves 20% of the text most authors would use
to discuss the topic, while revealing 80% of the valuable insights.
My kind of book!!
The old photographs serves well in crystallizing your imagination about the west.
Will highly recommend to young and old readers alike.