"Westward expansion and pioneer life have had a strong influence on the way Americans view themselves as a nation. Tales of the Old West have been, and continue to be, passed down for generations in books, movies, and television series. Through stories, profiles, and summaries of historic events, each book in The Wild History of the American West explores an important event or interesting aspect of America's quest to fulfill its Manifest Destiny through westward movement. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.