Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Roy M. Robbins
To define the motives for any human migration is often a formidable, but nevertheless an inspiring an challenging undertaking. This study, therefore, is devoted to a detailed examination of the events which led to the highly significant migration from the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys to the Oregon country in 1843. I shall demonstrate that this, the first home-building immigration to the Pacific Northwest, was not a mere response to leadership, but was stimulated by a deep-seated frontier force based upon the desire of the inhabitants of the western states to better their lot. It was no aimless wandering upon which these pioneers embarked; it was the grand answer to a pressing need for more "elbow room."
Husband, Michael B., "The backgrounds and organization of the great Oregon migration of 1843" (1966). Student Work. 568.
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