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Dary, David

Works: 47 works in 190 publications in 2 languages and 14,370 library holdings
Genres: History  Folklore  Biography  Biography‚Ä°vAnecdotes  Anecdotes  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Diaries  Local history  Comic books, strips, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Composer
Classifications: F596, 978
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about David Dary
Most widely held works by David Dary
Cowboy culture : a saga of five centuries by David Dary( Book )

18 editions published between 1981 and 1989 in English and held by 1,901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the cowboy culture of North America from its beginnings in fifteenth-century New Spain to the American West
The Oregon Trail : an American saga by David Dary( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A major one-volume history of the Oregon Trail from its earliest beginnings to the present, by a prize-winning historian of the American West. Starting with an overview of Oregon Country in the early 1800s, a vast area then the object of international rivalry among Spain, Britain, Russia, and the United States, David Dary gives us the whole sweeping story of those who came to explore, to exploit, and, finally, to settle there. Using diaries, journals, company and expedition reports, and newspaper accounts, David Dary takes us inside the experience of the continuing waves of people who traveled the Oregon Trail or took its cutoffs to Utah, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, and California. He introduces us to the fur traders who set up the first "forts" as centers to ply their trade; the missionaries bent on converting the Indians to Christianity; the mountain men and voyageurs who settled down at last in the fertile Willamette Valley; the farmers and their families propelled west by economic bad times in the East; and, of course, the gold-seekers, Pony Express riders, journalists, artists, and entrepreneurs who all added their unique presence to the land they traversed. We meet well-known figures-John Jacob Astor, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, John Fremont, the Donners, and Red Cloud, among others-as well as dozens of little-known men, women, and children who jotted down what they were seeing and feeling in journals, letters, or perhaps even on a rock or a gravestone. Throughout, Dary keeps us informed of developments in the East and their influence on events in the West, among them the building of the transcontinental railroad and the efforts of the far western settlements to become U.S. territories and eventually states. Above all, The Oregon Trail offers a panoramic look at the romance, colorful stories, hardships, and joys of the pioneers who made up this tremendous and historic migration
The Santa Fe Trail : its history, legends, and lore by David Dary( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 1,712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From 1610, when the Spanish founded the city of Santa Fe, to the 1860s, when the railroad brought unprecedented changes: here is the full, fascinating story of the great Santa Fe Trail which ran between Missouri and Kansas and New Mexico, a lifeline to and from the Southwest for more than two centuries. Drawing from letters, journals, expedition reports, business records, and newspaper stories, David Dary, one of our foremost historians of the Old West, brings to life the people who laid down the trail and opened commerce with Spanish America: Native Americans and mountain men, traders, trappers, and freighters, surveyors and soldiers, men and women of many different nationalities. Their firsthand accounts let us experience up close the spectacular scenery; the details of camping out in both friendly and hostile Indian territory; the constant danger from natural disasters or sudden attack; the hardworking, often maverick men who were employed on the wagon trains; the pleasures and entertainments at the southern end of the journey. The book makes clear how in the early years trade started and stopped at the whim of the Spanish, and how the trail finally grew and prospered, bringing the settlement of new towns and the creation of new wealth along the route. We also learn how the rapid spread of the railroads across the country inexorably replaced the long caravans of mule and ox drawn wagons, and the way of life they represented. With his comprehensive knowledge and his exceptional storytelling skills, David Dary has given us a vivid re-creation of an important time and place in American history
The buffalo book : the full saga of the American animal by David Dary( Book )

18 editions published between 1974 and 1989 in English and held by 1,473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Entrepreneurs of the old West by David Dary( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 1997 in English and held by 1,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes material on "traders, trappers, wagon freighters, merchants, cattlemen, railroadmen, town boosters, land promoters, speculators, and other profit-seekers."
Red blood & black ink : journalism in the Old West by David Dary( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The long, exciting, often surprising story of journalism in the Old West--from the freewheeling days of the early 1800s when all the news was an expression of the editor's opinion, to the more balanced reporting of the classic small-town weeklies and busy city newsrooms of the 1920s. Here are the printers who founded the first papers, setting up shop under trees, in tents, in barns or storefronts, moving on when the town failed, or into larger quarters if it flourished. Using many excerpts from the early papers themselves, Dary shows us the ways the early editors stretched the language, and how they sometimes had to defend their right of free speech with fists or guns. We see women working in partnership with their husbands or out on their own, and tramp printers who moved from place to place as need for their services rose and fell.--From publisher description
Seeking pleasure in the Old West by David Dary( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enhanced by period photographs and drawings, an entertaining study of leisure activities in the Old West draws on journals, memoirs, and other firsthand accounts to capture saloons, church socials, cotillions, spelling bees, community picnics, gambling, and more
Frontier medicine : from the Atlantic to the Pacific, 1492-1941 by David Dary( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 965 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: In his new book, David Dary, one of our leading social historians, gives us a fascinating, informative account of American frontier medicine from our Indian past to the beginning of World War II, as the frontier moved steadily westward from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific Ocean. He begins with the early arrivals to our shores and explains how their combined European-taught medical skills and the Indians' well-developed knowledge of local herbal remedies and psychic healing formed the foundation of early American medicine. We then follow white settlement west, learning how, in the 1720s, seventy-five years before Edward Jenner's experiments with smallpox vaccine, a Boston doctor learned from an African slave how to vaccinate against the disease; how, in 1809, a backwoods Kentucky doctor performed the first successful abdominal surgery; how, around 1820, a Missouri doctor realized quinine could prevent as well as cure malaria and made a fortune from the resulting pills he invented. Using diaries, journals, newspapers, letters, advertisements, medical records, and pharmacological writings, Dary gives us firsthand accounts of Indian cures; the ingenious self-healings of mountain men; home remedies settlers carried across the plains; an early "HMO" formed by Wyoming ranchers and cowboys to provide themselves with medical care; the indispensable role of country doctors and midwives; the fortunes made from patent medicines and quack cures; the contributions of army medicine; Chinese herbalists; the formation of the American Medical Association; the first black doctors; the first women doctors; and finally the early-twentieth-century shift to a formal scientific approach to medicine that by the postwar period had for the most part eliminated the trial-and-error practical methods that were at the center of frontier medicine. A wonderful-often entertaining-overview of the complexity, energy, and inventiveness of the ways in which our forebears were doctored and how our medical system came into being
True tales of the old-time plains by David Dary( Book )

4 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

True stories of people, animals, and events of long ago days in the vast American plains
True tales of old-time Kansas by David Dary( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 1991 in English and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rollicking, adventurous, touching. Whether the reader invests only a few minutes at a time or finishes the book at one sitting, he is in for a lot of fun."--American West'Fascinating tales set down succinctly and excitingly. There are stories of lost treasure and sudden riches, of outlaws and sheriffs, of massacres and heroics
Radio news handbook by David Dary( Book )

8 editions published between 1967 and 1970 in 3 languages and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We have reached the point where broadcast news is considered to be a profession. This book is direct, to the point, and will truly serve as a "handbook" in almost every situation requiring a solid development of the skills and judgements that mark the true professional. - Foreword
Hidalgo and other stories : the complete works of Frank T. Hopkins, with a comprehensive study by an international team of experts by Frank T Hopkins( Book )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hopkin's remarkable career supposedly began when he became a dispatch rider for the U.S. government on his twelfth birthday in 1877. According to his mythology, this Renaissance Man of the Old West went on to work as a buffalo hunter, Indian fighter, African explorer, endurance racer, trick rider, bounty hunter, Rough Rider, big game guide, secret agent, Pinkerton detective and star of the Wild West show ... he claimed to have won nearly 500 endurance races, including an imaginary race across Arabia on a mythical horse named "Hidalgo."
A Texas cowboy's journal : up the trail to Kansas in 1868 by Jack Bailey( Book )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the day-to-day journal of Jack Bailey, a nineteenth-century North Texas farmer, in which he chronicles his experiences as a cowboy in the southern plains, and travels with his herd to Kansas
TV news handbook by David Dary( Book )

2 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

True tales of the prairies and plains by David Dary( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a collection of stories set on the prairies and plains of middle America that stretch from Rio Grande northward into Canada
How to write news for broadcast and print media by David Dary( Book )

2 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories of old-time Oklahoma by David Dary( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comanche by David Dary( Book )

2 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oklahoma Publishing Company's first century : the Gaylord family story by David Dary( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the story of the first one hundred years of the Oklahoma Publishing Co. and the Gaylord family
Touring the West with Leaping Lena, 1925 by Willie Chester Clark( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1925 Willie Chester Clark and his family piled into a modified Chevrolet touring car, affectionately named Leaping Lena, and took off for the West. Leaping Lena clocked some 12,000 miles in five months, starting from West Virginia and traveling to the Northwest, down the Pacific Coast to Southern California, through the Desert Southwest, and back home via the Southern Plains. Clark recorded extensive observations on the roads and communities he visited. His journal reveals keen insights into the people and places he encountered, as well as the conditions of western tourism at the time"--
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The Oregon Trail : an American saga
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The Oregon Trail : an American sagaThe Santa Fe Trail : its history, legends, and loreThe buffalo book : the full saga of the American animalEntrepreneurs of the old WestRed blood & black ink : journalism in the Old WestSeeking pleasure in the Old WestFrontier medicine : from the Atlantic to the Pacific, 1492-1941True tales of old-time Kansas