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Review of Ghosts of the Pioneers: A Family Search for the Independent Oregon Colony of 1844 by Twain Braden and Jim Sollers
(2008)
  • David Peterson del Mar, Portland State University
Abstract
This is a difficult book to categorize or to characterize.
As the title suggests, it aspires to discern
the ghosts of three families who traveled
the Oregon Trail in 1844. Braden undertakes
this expedition on two levels: conventional historical
research coupled with an extended road
trip along the Oregon Trail with a patient wife
and four energetic children. Though Braden
presents some useful historical material and
observations, his book is more interesting and
valuable as a meditation on modern masculinity
than as a piece of historical scholarship.
Keywords
  • Independent Oregon Colony,
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific,
  • Pioneers -- Oregon -- Biography,
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Oregon
Publication Date
Winter 2008
Comments
Published by the Oregon Historical Society
Citation Information
Peterson del Mar, David. Review of Ghosts of the Pioneers: A Family Search for the Independent Oregon Colony of 1844 by Twain Braden and Jim Sollers. Oregon Historical Quarterly, vol. 109, no. 4, Winter 2008, pages 635-636