Jed Smith: Trailblazer of the West, Grades 5-7
Author: Frank Latham
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Introduce 10- to 14-year-olds to a fascinating character in American history: Christian trapper and mountain man Jedediah Smith! As a young man, Jed dared to pursue his dreams--braving dangerous terrain, grizzly bears, hostile Indian tribes, and other obstacles as he blazed a trail for settlers moving west into the 'wilderness territory' beyond the Rocky Mountains. This book tells the story of an outstanding man who deserves to be recognized for his contributions to the opening of the West in the nineteenth century.
The trailblazer known as Jed Smith was a daring explorer, a skilled trapper, and a dedicated Christian frontiersman. His work literally opened up major portions of the wilderness territory to settlers traveling west. Few men in American history faced more intense challenges and outright danger and lived to tell about it. Best of all, his story and Christian testimony are as amazing as they are true! Grades 5-7.
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