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By Michael McMonagle

Inspired via the adventures of a hardy nineteenth-century Irish emigrant to the United States, Micí Mac Gabhann, who particular his exploits within the Irish language e-book Rotha Mór an tSaoil, Michael McMonagle undertakes an epic trip to retrace his steps. Following his trip from manhattan to the Klondike Gold Rush, he traverses the nice Plains, the Rocky Mountains of Montana, and the tremendous Alaskan desolate tract. As he compares the the USA that Micí encountered within the overdue 19th century with that of the twenty-first century, the writer presents a different point of view on a truly varied the United States. Footprints throughout the United States weaves the 2 trips jointly and highlights the robust hyperlinks among either eras. we're dropped at historical areas like Butte and Dawson urban, mining ghost cities, local American reservations, ranch homes and remoted Alaskan villages. we're dragged up mountains and down rivers. In those out-of-the-way areas, the voices of cowboys, shamans, unique dancers, soldiers,...

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