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[Detail] Memoirs of mammoth...Thomas Ashe 1806.


Collection Overview

The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820, presents books, periodicals, maps, letters, journals and other materials that document the travels of the first Europeans to travel past the Appalachians into what was then the American west. Also included is material documenting the lives of women and Africans-American slaves traveling into this unknown territory. This collection is made up of collections from the University of Chicago and the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky.

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  • The New Nation, 1780-1815
  • Expansion and Reform, 1801-1861

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