Sacagawea's Nickname: Essays on the American West

Sacagawea's Nickname

Essays on the American West

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ISBN10: 1590170997 ISBN13: 9781590170991 Publisher: New York Review of Books Published: May 1 2004 Pages: 178 Weight: 0.50lbs. Height: 9.00" Width: 5.00" Depth: 0.50" Language: English

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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."
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