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Chroniclers (Old West) Hardcover – July, 1976
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The Chroniclers contains 5 chapters of beautiful pictures, illustrations and photgraphs. It is a fantastic history of the early settlement of the United States.
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The opening chapter begins with the story of two journalists--Albert Richardson and Horace Greeley--heading west to see for themselves what the region was about (in 1859). We read of Henry Stanley's reporting in the West (the man who was to find Dr. David Livingstone). The multitude of Western reporters and newspaper (coming and going with great rapidity) are covered, too, not just the famous icons of the day.
One plus for this volume is the illustrations and photographs. For instance, we read of one photographer's life, Joseph Smith, who took many pictures in the West. We get a nice sampling of his work on pages 82-93, giving us a sense of the land and its people. Just so, the work of William Henry Jackson and Alexander Gardner and others (a sampling of his photos appears on pages 209-233, many of which are absolutely stunning).
There is a segment on the famous writers of the time who visited the West--including Washington Irving, historian Francis Parkman, Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and the like.
An interesting entree to the chroniclers of the West.