Western Americana
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The Colonel's Lady on the Western Frontier: The Correspondence of Alice Kirk Grierson
The Colonel's Lady on the Western Frontier
The Correspondence of Alice Kirk Grierson
Paperback      ISBN: 0803279299
Collects the letters of the wife of Civil War major general Benjamin H. Grierson, describing daily life and hardships at frontier posts like Fort Riley, Fort Concho, Fort Davis, and Fort Grant
Sacagawea's Nickname: Essays on the American West
Sacagawea's Nickname
Essays on the American West
Paperback      ISBN: 1590170997
New in paperback What was achieved and destroyed, what was made up and forgotten in the American West as the continent was mapped, the natives were displaced, and exploits were transformed into legends? In this acclaimed collection, Larry McMurtry profiles explorers and martyrs, hucksters and scholars--figures in the West's enduring yet ever-shifting mixture of myth and reality. In these twelve pieces, McMurtry explores John Wesley Powell's journey on the Colorado, the dispossession of the Five Civilized Tribes, the fascination the Zuni held over a parade of unscrupulous anthropologists, and--in the bicentennial of their journey--the journals of Lewis and Clark, "our only really American epic."
Three Roads to the Alamo: The Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis
Three Roads to the Alamo
The Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis
Paperback      ISBN: 0060930942
Details the lives of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and William Travis, and the Alamo
Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West
Blood and Thunder
An Epic of the American West
Paperback      ISBN: 1400031109
Examines America's westward expansion, describing the forcible subjugation of Native American tribes, including the fierce battles against the Navajo which ended with a brutal siege at Canyon de Chelly and the "Long Walk" migration.
Tomboy Bride: A Woman's Personal Account of Life in Mining Camps of the West
Tomboy Bride
A Woman's Personal Account of Life in Mining Camps of the West
Paperback      ISBN: 0871085127
A true pioneer of the West, Harriet Backus writes about her amusing and often challenging experiences with heart-felt emotion and vivid detail. New foreword by Pam Houston and afterword by author's grandson Rob Walton are featured.
Wild Bill Hickok & Calamity Jane: Deadwood Legends
Wild Bill Hickok & Calamity Jane
Deadwood Legends
Paperback      ISBN: 0977795594
Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter
Wild Bill
The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter
Hardcover      ISBN: 1250173795
The definitive true story of Wild Bill, the first lawman of the Wild West, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dodge City. In July 1865, "Wild Bill" Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in Springfield, MO
Dakota Cowboy My Life in the Old Days
Dakota Cowboy My Life in the Old Days
Paperback      ISBN: 0803250150
When the most romantic of cow outfits, the British-owned Matador, shipped out from Texas with 3,000 head of cattle bound for Dakota and the Cheyenne Indian Reservation, an observant young bronc twister named Ike Blasingame rode with them. Dakota Cowboy—which the New York Times calls “warm, human, flavorful”—is the story of Ike’s eight years (1904-1912) on the last of the great open ranges. Its pages “take the reader across the treacherous Missouri as the spring-softened ice goes out under the horses’ feet, into the still wild cow towns, through the roundups, the prairie fires, and to the gatherings of the Frenchmen, breeds and Indians, and their gay spirited daughters” (Mari Sandoz). Perceptive and circumstantial—“the author paints a big picture without omitting details” (New York Herald Tribune)—Dakota Cowboy is a mine of information about western life.
Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West
Beyond the Hundredth Meridian
John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West
Paperback      ISBN: 0140159940
In this book Wallace Stegner recounts the sucesses and frustrations of John Wesley Powell, the distinguished ethnologist and geologist who explored the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, and the homeland of Indian tribes of the American Southwest. A prophet without honor who had a profound understanding of the American West, Powell warned long ago of the dangers economic exploitation would pose to the West and spent a good deal of his life overcoming Washington politics in getting his message across. Only now, we may recognize just how accurate a prophet he was. "This book goes far beyond biography, into the nature and soul of the American West. It is Stegner at his best, assaying an entire era of our history, packing his pages with insights as shrewd as his prose." ?Ivan Doig
The Oxford History of the American West
The Oxford History of the American West
Hardcover      ISBN: 0195059689
Looking at the American West from a broad range of perspectives, an illustrated chronicle presents full portraits of the different peoples involved in the West's settlement, including Asians, Hispanics, and Africans, examining the social and economic forces behind the settlement.