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Migration: General Works






Beers, Henry Putney. The Western Military Frontier, 1815-1846. Philadelphia: npub, 1935.

Bieder, Robert E. "Kinship as a Factor in Migration." Journal of Marriage and the Family 35 (Aug 1973).

Bloom, John P. (ed). The American Territorial System. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1974.

Casper, Scott E. & Lucinda M. Long (eds). Moving Stories: Migration and the American West, 1850-2000. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2001.

Cayton, Andrew R. L. & Fredrika J. Teute (eds). Contact Points: American Frontiers from the Mohawk Valley to the Mississippi, 1750-1830. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

Curti, Merle. The Making of an American Community; a Case Study of Democracy in a Frontier Community. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1959. {A classic and very influential case study.}

Davis, James E. Frontier America, 1800-1840: a Comparative Demographic Analysis of the Settlement Process. Glendale, CA: Arthur H. Clark, 1977.

De Voto, Bernard. Across the Wide Missouri. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1947.

De Voto, Bernard. The Course of Empire. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1952. {Classic and very accessible}

Dick, Everett. The Lure of the Land: a Social History of the Public Lands from the Articles of Confederation to the New Deal. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1970.

Dodge, Bertha Sanford. The Road West: Saga of the 35th Parallel. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1980.

Elliott, Errol T. Quakers on the American Frontier; a History of the Westward Migrations, Settlements, and Developments of Friends on the American Continent. Richmond, IN: Friends United Press, 1969.

Fischer, David H. Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America. NY: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Fite, Gilbert C. "The Pioneer Farmer: a View over Three Centuries." Agricultural History 50 (January 1976).

Flanders, Stephen A. Atlas of American Migration. New York: Facts on File, 1998.

Fowler, William Worthington. Woman on the American frontier; a Valuable and Authentic History of the Heroism, Adventures, Privations, Captivities, Trials, and Noble Lives and Deaths of the "Pioneer Mothers of the Republic." Hartford: S. S. Scranton, 1877.

Frazier, Neta Lohnes. Five Roads to the Pacific. NY: David McKay Co., 1964.

Golay, Michael. The Tide of Empire: America’s March to the Pacific. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2003.

Goodrich, Carter & Sol Davison. "The Wage-Earner in the Westward Movement." Political Science Quarterly 51 (1936): 94-96.

Gragg, Larry Dale. Migration in Early America, the Virginia Quaker Experience. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press, 1980.

Hardeman, Nicholas O. Wilderness Calling: the Hardeman Family in the Westward Movement, 1750-1900. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1977. {Important case study of a fairly typical "migratory" family.}

Harvey, David D. "The Lure of the North: American Approaches to the Canadian Wilderness." Canadian Review of American Studies 17 (Spring 1986).

Horsman, Reginald. The Frontier in the Formative Years, 1783-1815. NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1970.

Hulbert, Archer Butler. The Crown Collection of American Maps, Series IV: the American Transcontinental Trails. 6v. Colorado Springs, CO: npub, 1925-28.

Irwin, W. B. The Routes of Migration between the Atlantic Seaboard and the Midwest. Burbank, CA: Southern California Genealogical Society, 1966.

Jobes, Patrick C., William F. Stinner, & John M. Wardwell (eds). Community, Society, and Migration: Noneconomic Migration in America. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1992.

Jones, Mary Ellen (ed). The American Frontier: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1994.

Jordan-Bychkov, Terry G. The American Backwoods Frontier: an Ethnic and Ecological Interpretation. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.

Kulikoff, Allan. "Migration and Cultural Diffusion in Early America, 1600-1860." Historical Methods 19 (Fall 1986). [review essay]

Leckie, Robert. From Sea to Shining Sea: From the War of 1812 to the Mexican War, the Saga of America's Expansion. NY: HarperCollins, 1993.

Luebke, Frederick C. (ed). European Immigrants in the American West: Community Histories. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1998.

McFarland, Gerald W. A Scattered People: an American Family Moves West. NY: Pantheon Books, 1985. {excellent case study}

Miller, David Harry (ed). The Frontier: Comparative Studies. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1977-     . {An ongoing series}

Miller, John Chester. The First Frontier; Life in Colonial America. NY: Dell Publishing Co, 1966.

Mitchell, Robert D. "The Presbyterian Church as an Indicator of Westward Expansion in 18th Century America." Professional Geographer 18 (September 1966).

Moody, Ralph. Stagecoach West. NY: T.Y. Crowell Co., 1967.

Morgan, Ted. Wilderness at Dawn: The Settling of the North American Continent. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1993.

Moynihan, Ruth B., et al (eds). So Much to Be Done: Women Settlers on the Mining and Ranching Frontier. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1990.

Myers, Eleanor. A Migration Study of the Thirty-Two States and Four Organized Territories Comprising the United States in 1850, Based upon the Federal Census of 1850. Syracuse, NY: Central New York Genealogical Society, 1977.

Myres, Sandra L. Westering Women and the Frontier Experience, 1800-1915. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1982.

Nichols, Roger L. (ed). American Frontier and Western Issues: a Historiographical Review. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1986.

Peavy, Linda S. & Ursula Smith. Women in Waiting in the Westward Movement: Life on the Home Frontier. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1994.

Pessen, Edward (ed). Three Centuries of Social Mobility in America. Lexington, MA: Heath, 1974.

Price, Edward T. Dividing the Land: Early American Beginnings of Our Private Property Mosaic. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.

Rohrbough, Malcolm J. The Land Office Business; the Settlement and Administration of American Public Lands, 1789-1837. NY: Oxford University Press, 1968.

Rolle, Andrew F. Westward the Immigrants: Italian Adventurers and Colonists in an Expanding America. Ninot, CO: University Press of Colorado, 1999.

Root, Frank A. The Overland Stage to California; Personal Reminiscences and Authentic History of the Great Overland Stage Line and Pony Express from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean. Glorieta, NM: Rio Grande Press 1970. [Orig. publ., Topeka, 1901]

Ridge, Martin. Atlas of American Frontiers. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1993.

Scharff, Virginia. Twenty Thousand Roads: Women, Movement, and the West. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2002.

Schlissel, Lillian. Far from Home: Families of the Westward Journey. NY: Schocken Books, 1989.

Schlissel, Lillian (ed). Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey. NY: Schocken Books, 1982.

Szasz, Ferenc Morton. Scots in the North American West, 1790-1917. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2000.

Terrell, John Upton. Land Grab: the Truth about "The Winning of the West." NY: Dial Press, 1972.

Terrell, John Upton. The Six Turnings; Major Changes in the American West, 1806-1834. Glendale, CA: A. H. Clark Co., 1968.

Trails West. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, Special Publications Division, 1979.

Treat, Payson J. The National Land System, 1785-1820. NY: E. B. Treat, 1910.

Trotter, Joe William, Jr (ed). The Great Migration in Historical Perspective: New Dimensions of Race, Class, and Gender. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991. {post-Civil War Black migration}

Van Every, Dale. Forth to the Wilderness: the First American Frontier, 1754-1774. NY: Arno Press, 1977, c1961.

Van Every, Dale. Ark of Empire: the American Frontier, 1784-1803. NY: Arno Press, 1977, c1963.

Van Every, Dale. The Final Challenge: the American Frontier, 1804-1845. NY: Arno Press, 1976, c1964.

Wall, James T. The Boundless Frontier: America from Christopher Columbus to Abraham Lincoln. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1999.

Walsh, Margaret. "Women’s Place on the American Frontier." Journal of American Studies 29 (August 1995): 241-55.

Webb, Walter Prescott. The Great Frontier. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1952.

Werner, Emmy E. Pioneer Children on the Journey West. Boulder: Westview Press, 1995.

Wexler, Sanford (ed). Westward Expansion: an Eyewitness History. NY: Facts on File, 1991.

Wright, Louis B. The Atlantic Frontier: Colonial American Civilization, 1607-1763. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1959.