Wildwest Journey in the Book, The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman Jr.

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The Oregon Trail is a non-fiction book written and narrated by Francis Parkman Jr., a historian who ventures out into the Wild West back in the 1840s and describes the many accounts and experiences he has during his journey on the path of the Oregon Trail. Parkman portrays the lifestyles of both Western travelers, either as prairie schooners or as groups of horsemen, and Native Americans, both friendly and hostile, within forts, fields, and frontiers. It must be noted that Parkman did not travel the full length of the Oregon Trail, but he presented a vivid picture of life traveling within the Oregon Trail, and had an enormous influence in shaping the image of the American Frontier. Parkman's purpose in writing this book was to inform, through his personal accounts, the lifestyles of Indians and his experiences traveling within the Oregon Trail. He tells the book through his own opinions and through what he has gathered on his journey, whether while out in the wilderness with Indians or fellow horsemen, or while in the “civilian-like” pastimes within a fort called Fort Laramie. Parkman describes the book, for the most part, chronologically, describing events as they occurred and making sure to keep the theme, the Oregon Trail, constant throughout the whole book. This organization is clear, and allows the reader to understand many aspects of the Oregon Trail without ever going off topic. Parkman is very well qualified in this subject, growing up wanting to
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