Infinite Dream, told with all the historical detail which made Allan
W. Eckert famous, explores Americas westward expansion beyond
the Mississippi River, 1834 - 1848.
In this period before the Civil War, restless pioneers were casting
eager eyes on the lands between the Mississippi River and the Pacific
Ocean. In 1821, Missouri had been admitted to the Unionthe
second state carved out of the Louisiana Purchase. In the 1820s
and 30s, pioneers were crossing into the Iowa Territory. To
the west, lay the Great Plains. While the vast, almost treeless
expanse of the great American desert held little appeal to early
settlers, beyond the Rocky Mountains lay the fertile and forested
wilderness of the Oregon Territory and California. To the south
lay Texas, a rich land sparsely settled by Spaniards and Mexicans.
As this book opens, both California and Texas are part of Mexico.
John Sutter is trying to obtain Mexican citizenship so he can become
a landowner in the California province. The Mormons are facing harsh
persecutions in the East. And America is suffering from the sectional
tensions arising from conflicting views of states rights.
When the Democratic candidate, James K. Polk, was elected President
in 1844, it became clear that the United States would achieve its
Manifest Destiny to spread and inhabit the western lands.
Eckerts historical narrative is written as a great human
drama. Diary and journal entries of real people who lived the hardships,
war, deprivation, and success of this era salt the pages of this
edition, giving faces and feelings to one of our countrys
grandest historical adventuresthe opening of the American
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