Frontier Farewell (New Edition)
The 1870s and the End of the Old West
ISBN: 978-0-88977-361-5
Year: 2014
Pages: 525
Binding: Paperback
$34.95

"This book has great energy and glory." -The StarPhoenix

The return of a classic, with a new introduction by Candace Savage.

Frontier Farewell has been deemed "gracefully written" and "fully and meticulously researched," by Sharon Butala, while Canadian History Magazine  called it "a great read that shatters the mythology surrounding the 'taming' of the West." A book every history buff should own, Frontier Farewell "ends with the disastrous bloodletting--the gruesome unwinding of a two-hudred year experiment," states Prairies North magazine.

"Frontier Farewell offers new perspectives on everything from the transfer of Rupert's Land to Canada, the Manitoba Resistance of 1869-70, and the Numbered Treaties of the 1870s, to the surveys of the Canadian Prairies, the coming of the North-West Mounted Police, and the fallout from the Battle of the Little Big Horn...You just might want to buy two copies--one for yourself, and one for a friend." -Ted Binnema, Department of History, University of Northern British Columbia

CONTENTS

Foreword to the 2014 Edition.........................ix

Foreword to the 2007 Edition.........................xi

Preface.............................................................xiii

A Note on Terminology....................................xxi

Map of the Old West.........................................xxiv-xxv

1. Between the Rivers..................................................................................1

2. The “Medicine Line”.............................................................................15

3. The Era of Expansion........................................................................... 25

4. Confederation Comes West................................................................ 39

5. The Crisis in Red River........................................................................ 59

6. The Birth of Manitoba......................................................................... 65

7. Twin Scourges: Smallpox and War.................................................... 77

8. The Métis...............................................................................................103

9. The Battle of the Grand Coteau........................................................123

10. The End of the Red River Hunt........................................................ 133

11. “So Long as the Sun Shines”..............................................................145

12. The Boundary Survey.........................................................................185

13. By Section, Township and Range.................................................... 203

14. The North-West Mounted Police....................................................209

15. The Buffalo...........................................................................................249

16. The Road to Little Big Horn..............................................................281

17. The Events of 1876–77........................................................................299

18. Canada Versus the United States......................................................339

19. Fire and Starvation..............................................................................371

20. Surrender..............................................................................................403

21. 1881: The End of the Old West.......................................................... 419

22. Epilogue: After Events....................................................................... 435

 Endnotes...................................449

Bibliography...............................483

Chronology.................................497

Index............................................503

 

Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
 
Wilson, Garrett, 1932-, author
          Frontier farewell : the 1870s and the end of the Old West / Garrett
Wilson ; with a new introduction by Candace Savage. -- New edition.
 
Reprint with new introduction. Originally published: Regina : University
      of Regina, Canadian Plains Research Center, 2007.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in print and electronic formats.
ISBN 978-0-88977-361-5 (pbk.).--ISBN 978-0-88977-363-9 (pdf).--
ISBN 978-0-88977-362-2 (html)
 
          1. Northwest, Canadian--History--1870-1905.  2. West (U.S.)--
History--1860-1890.  3. Great Plains--History--19th century.  I. Savage,
Candace, 1949-, writer of introduction  II. Title.
 
FC3217.W45 2014                           978'.02                         C2014-906063-7
                                                                                                C2014-906064-5

Garrett Wilson

Garrett Wilson is a Regina lawyer turned bestselling author. His books include Deny, Deny, Deny, Diefenbaker for the Defence, Guilty Addictions, and In the Temple of the Rain God.
Gracefully written, fully and meticulously researched, and above all, original in its presentation of a history we thought we knew, this book will illuminate the viewpoint of both professional historians and lay-readers alike. It is an invaluable, as well as unique, addition to the literature of the West.
Sharon Butala,
In Frontier Farewell, Garrett Wilson offers a vivid and closely researched account of the imposition of Canadian rule on the western plains in the critical decades of the 1870s and 1880s. Scholarly, yet painfully human, Frontier Farewell is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to know how the West was really won.
Candace Savage,
Garrett Wilson has done a terrific job of pulling together in a single, vivid, and fair-minded narrative all the events of a very complicated, exciting and tragic century which opens on the continental fur trade and closes on the transcontinental railroad. Biographical, political, geographic and cultural themes are all in play, and driven by energetic story-telling. As well, Wilson and his readers are well-served by endnotes, a full bibliography, a chronology and well-chosen illustrations.
Myrna Kostash,
In this elegantly told history, Garrett Wilson reminds the reader that the western interior did not simply become part of Canada in 1870—it took over a decade of tension and turmoil for the old North-West to give way to the new West. As someone who grew up in the region, Wilson brings a rewarding personal perspective to the story.
Bill Waiser,
Frontier Farewell is an immensely rich and extraordinary saga of the powers of the day, the fate and tragedy that came into play in the making of our great western country. Garrett Wilson reveals an abiding passion for its landscape, people and their stories. At the same time Wilson meticulously charts the private and public agendas of those intent on “settling” the West, the rapid disappearance of a way of life. His obvious gift for storytelling makes Frontier Farewell engrossing, disturbing and ultimately a powerfully moving homage that is impossible to set aside.
Sandra Birdsell,
This is a most readable history of the Canadian Plains.... Wilson... writes with great elegance and clarity and shows a remarkable feel for his subject. If you want an excellent book about what went on north of the 49th parallel during the period of the American Plains Indian wars, look no further.
James A. Hanson, Museum of the Fur Trade Quarterly
Award for Scholarly Writing, Saskatchewan Book Awards, 2007
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