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Broadax and Bayonet: The Role of the United States Army in the Development of the Northwest, 1815-1860

Francis Paul Prucha

1995    277 Pages    (University of Nebraska Press)

DDC: 977    LCC: F597

OCLC: 31659263    ISBN 13: 9780803251519    ISBN 10: 0803251513

"In a style that is clear, unhurried and . . . vigorous, Francis P. Prucha has written a definitive study of [the] frontier army that was itself a pioneer. It pushed the line of occupation far beyond settlements. It raised crops, herded cattle, cut timber, quarried stone, built sawmills and performed the manifold duties of pioneers. It restrained lawless traders, pursued fugitives, ejected squatters, maintained order during peace negotiations and guarded Indians who came to receive annuities."- [...]

"In a style that is clear, unhurried and . . . vigorous, Francis P. Prucha has written a definitive study of [the] frontier army that was itself a pioneer. It pushed the line of occupation far beyond settlements. It raised crops, herded cattle, cut timber, quarried stone, built sawmills and performed the manifold duties of pioneers. It restrained lawless traders, pursued fugitives, ejected squatters, maintained order during peace negotiations and guarded Indians who came to receive annuities."-New York Times Book Review "A work of original research which stands almost alone in relating the Army's work to the peaceful processes of territorial expansion and social development. Studying the thirteen army posts established in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and northern Illinois, the author demonstrates their importance for Indian and land policy administration, as cash markets for the early settlers, and as centers of exploration, road-building, and cultural developments."-A Guide to the Study of the United States of America "Well-written. . . . a significant contribution to the study of . . . both the westward movement and our military establishment."-Mississippi Valley Historical Review [less]

$18.00
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Contested Boundaries: A New Pacific Northwest History

David J. Jepsen, David J. Norberg

2017    416 Pages    (Wiley-Blackwell)

DDC: 979.5    LCC: F851.J47

OCLC: 988097646    LCCN: 2017446587    ISBN 13: 9781119065548    ISBN 10: 1119065542

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$34.95
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Ghost Towns of the West

Philip Varney, Jim Hinckley

2017    336 Pages    (Voyageur Press)

DDC: 978    LCC: F590.7

OCLC: 979161321    ISBN 13: 9780760350416    ISBN 10: 0760350418

Ghosts Towns of the West is the essential guidebook to the glory days of the Old West!Ghost Towns of the West blazes a trail through the dusty crossroads and mossy cemeteries of the American West, including one-time boomtowns in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The book reveals the little-known stories of long-dead soldiers, American Indians, settlers, farmers, and miners. This essential guidebook to the historic remains of [...]

Ghosts Towns of the West is the essential guidebook to the glory days of the Old West!Ghost Towns of the West blazes a trail through the dusty crossroads and mossy cemeteries of the American West, including one-time boomtowns in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The book reveals the little-known stories of long-dead soldiers, American Indians, settlers, farmers, and miners. This essential guidebook to the historic remains of centuries' past includes maps, town histories, color and historical photographs, and detailed directions to these out-of-the-way outdoor museums of the West. Plan your road trips by chapter--each section covers a geographic area and town entries are arranged by location to make this the most user-friendly book on ghost towns west of the Mississippi.Ghost towns are within a short drive of major cities out West, and they make excellent day trip excursions. If you happen to be in or near Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, or El Paso, for example, you ought to veer towards the nearest ghost town. Western ghost towns can also easily be visited during jaunts to national parks, including Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Crater Lake, Mount Rainier, Glacier, Yellowstone, and many others throughout the West.Ghost Towns of the West is a comprehensive guide to former boomtowns of the American West, covering ghost towns in eleven states from Washington to New Mexico, and from California to Montana. This book has everything you need to learn about, visit, and explore a modern remnant of how life used to be on the western range. [less]

$24.99

Grass Roots: A History of Cannabis in the American West

Nick Johnson

2017    256 Pages    (Oregon State University Press)

DDC: 362.29    LCC: HV5822.C3 J64

OCLC: 1015870064    LCCN: 2017030868    ISBN 13: 9780870719080    ISBN 10: 0870719084

Marijuana legalization is unfolding across the American West, but cultivation of the cannabis plant is anything but green. Unregulated outdoor grows are polluting ecosystems, high-powered indoor grows are churning out an excessive carbon footprint, and the controversial crop is becoming an agricultural boon just as the region faces an unprecedented water crisis. To understand how we got here and how the legal cannabis industry might become more environmentally sustainable, Grass Roots looks at [...]

Marijuana legalization is unfolding across the American West, but cultivation of the cannabis plant is anything but green. Unregulated outdoor grows are polluting ecosystems, high-powered indoor grows are churning out an excessive carbon footprint, and the controversial crop is becoming an agricultural boon just as the region faces an unprecedented water crisis. To understand how we got here and how the legal cannabis industry might become more environmentally sustainable, Grass Roots looks at the history of marijuana growing in the American West, from early Mexican American growers on sugar beet farms to today’s sophisticated greenhouse gardens. Over the past eighty years, federal marijuana prohibition has had a multitude of consequences, but one of the most important is also one of the most overlooked—environmental degradation. Grass Roots argues that the most environmentally negligent farming practices—such as indoor growing—were borne out of prohibition. Now those same practices are continuing under legalization.Grass Roots uses the history of cannabis as a crop to make sense of its regulation in the present, highlighting current efforts to make the marijuana industry more sustainable. In exploring the agricultural history of cannabis, There are many social and political histories of cannabis, but in considering cannabis as a plant rather than as a drug, Grass Roots offers the only agriculturally focused history to date. [less]

$19.95
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Harvest Wobblies

Greg Hall

2001    288 Pages    (Oregon State University Press)

DDC: 331.88    LCC: HD6515.A292 A394

OCLC: 800668973    LCCN: 2001002296    ISBN 13: 9780870715327    ISBN 10: 0870715321

"The advent of new technologies in the early decades of the twentieth century changed the face of American farming. Increased mechanization and the expansion of markets demanded a new kind of agricultural worker - gone was the local farmhand, replaced by a cheap and temporary labor force of migrant and seasonal workers. In Harvest Wobblies, Greg Hall describes how members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organized the men, women, and children who had become so essential and yet so [...]

"The advent of new technologies in the early decades of the twentieth century changed the face of American farming. Increased mechanization and the expansion of markets demanded a new kind of agricultural worker - gone was the local farmhand, replaced by a cheap and temporary labor force of migrant and seasonal workers. In Harvest Wobblies, Greg Hall describes how members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organized the men, women, and children who had become so essential and yet so exploited on the farms of the American West."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved [less]

$34.95
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Land in the American West: Private Claims and the Common Good

2000    224 Pages    (University of Washington Press)

DDC: 333.73    LCC: HB711.L255

OCLC: 45015413    LCCN: 00047937    ISBN 13: 9780295980201    ISBN 10: 0295980206

Throughout the history of the United States, the concepts of “land” and “the West” have fired the American imagination and fueled controversy. The essays in Land in the American West deal with complex, troublesome, and interrelated questions regarding land: Who owns it? Who has access to it? What happens when private rights infringe upon the public good, or when one ethnic group is pitted against another, or when there is a conflict between economic and environmental values? Many of [...]

Throughout the history of the United States, the concepts of “land” and “the West” have fired the American imagination and fueled controversy. The essays in Land in the American West deal with complex, troublesome, and interrelated questions regarding land: Who owns it? Who has access to it? What happens when private rights infringe upon the public good, or when one ethnic group is pitted against another, or when there is a conflict between economic and environmental values? Many of these questions have deep historical roots. They all have special significance in the modern American West, where natural resources are still abundant and large areas of land are federally owned. [less]

$25.00

Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West, The

Patricia Nelson Limerick

1987    400 Pages    (W. W. Norton & Company)

DDC: 978    LCC: F591

OCLC: 14586977    LCCN: 2007279449    ISBN 13: 9780393304978    ISBN 10: 0393304973

"Limerick is one of the most engaging historians writing today." --Richard WhiteThe "settling" of the American West has been perceived throughout the world as a series of quaint, violent, and romantic adventures. But in fact, Patricia Nelson Limerick argues, the West has a history grounded primarily in economic reality; in hardheaded questions of profit, loss, competition, and consolidation. Here she interprets the stories and the characters in a new way: the trappers, [...]

"Limerick is one of the most engaging historians writing today." --Richard WhiteThe "settling" of the American West has been perceived throughout the world as a series of quaint, violent, and romantic adventures. But in fact, Patricia Nelson Limerick argues, the West has a history grounded primarily in economic reality; in hardheaded questions of profit, loss, competition, and consolidation. Here she interprets the stories and the characters in a new way: the trappers, traders, Indians, farmers, oilmen, cowboys, and sheriffs of the Old West "meant business" in more ways than one, and their descendents mean business today. 28 illustrations [less]

$17.95
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National Geographic The Old West

Stephen G. Hyslop

2015    320 Pages    (National Geographic)

DDC: 978    LCC: F591.H995

OCLC: 903284423    LCCN: 2015013129    ISBN 13: 9781426215551    ISBN 10: 142621555X

From Lewis and Clark’s epic 1803 expedition to the showmanship of Buffalo Bill, the story of the American West is epic in scope, full of amazing tales of tragedy and triumph. Lavishly illustrated with vivid photographs and intricate maps, The Old West is the definitive history of a time and place that forever lives in legend.   Brimming with outlaws, miners, cowboys, Indians, railroad barons, and more, the characters of the Old West come alive in these dazzling pages, capturing the [...]

From Lewis and Clark’s epic 1803 expedition to the showmanship of Buffalo Bill, the story of the American West is epic in scope, full of amazing tales of tragedy and triumph. Lavishly illustrated with vivid photographs and intricate maps, The Old West is the definitive history of a time and place that forever lives in legend.   Brimming with outlaws, miners, cowboys, Indians, railroad barons, and more, the characters of the Old West come alive in these dazzling pages, capturing the imagination and inspiring exploration. Travel with fur traders and trappers through the Pacific northwest; read accounts of brave pioneers heading west along the Oregon Trail; see 19th century technology progress as the golden spike connects the East and West coasts; and watch the rise and myth-building of the American cowboy unfold.   Exciting, dramatic, and entertaining, this unforgettable book honors the colorful history of our nation’s past. [less]

$40.00
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Presidents Who Shaped the American West

Glenda Riley (Contribution by), Richard W. Etulain (Contribution by)

2018    280 Pages    (University of Oklahoma Press)

DDC: 978    LCC: E176.1.G45

LCCN: 2017024249    ISBN 13: 9780806159072    ISBN 10: 0806159073

Generations of Americans have seen the West as beyond federal control and direction. But the national government's presence in the West dates to before Lewis and Clark, and since 1789 a number of U.S. presidents have had a penetrating and long-lasting impact on the region. In Presidents Who Shaped the American West, noted historians Glenda Riley and Richard W. Etulain present startling analyses of chief executives and their policies, illuminating the long reach of presidential power. The authors [...]

Generations of Americans have seen the West as beyond federal control and direction. But the national government's presence in the West dates to before Lewis and Clark, and since 1789 a number of U.S. presidents have had a penetrating and long-lasting impact on the region. In Presidents Who Shaped the American West, noted historians Glenda Riley and Richard W. Etulain present startling analyses of chief executives and their policies, illuminating the long reach of presidential power. The authors begin each chapter by sketching a particular president's biography and explaining the political context in which he operated while in office. They then consider overarching actions and policies that affected both the nation and the region during the president's administration, such as Thomas Jefferson's augmentation of the West via the Louisiana Purchase, and Andrew Jackson's removal of American Indians from the Southeast to "Indian Country" in the West. Abraham Lincoln's promotion of the Homestead Act, a transcontinental railroad, and western territories and states free of slavery marked further extensions of presidential power in the region. Theodore Roosevelt's conservation efforts and Jimmy Carter's expansion of earlier policies reflected growing public concern with the West's finite natural resources and fragile natural environment. Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, Dwight D. Eisenhower's highway program, and Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society funneled federal funding into the West. In return for this largesse, some argued, the West paid the price of increased federal hegemony, and Ronald Reagan's presidency arguably curbed that power. Riley and Etulain also discuss the most recent presidential terms and the region's growing political power in Congress and the federal bureaucracy. With an accessible approach, Presidents Who Shaped the American West establishes the crucial and formative nature of the relationship between the White House and the West--and will encourage readers to continue examining this relationship.   [less]

$24.95
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Rhythm in the Rain: Jazz in the Pacific Northwest

Lynn Darroch

2016    256 Pages    (Ooligan Press)

DDC: 781.6509795    LCC: ML3508.7.O66 D37

OCLC: 910091362    LCCN: 2015043329    ISBN 13: 9781932010817    ISBN 10: 1932010815

Rhythm in the Rain is a nonfiction narrative about the jazz community in the Pacific Northwest that examines the people, places, and events that have made cities like Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, so popular among musicians. From the genesis of Jackson Street and Williams Avenue in the 1940s & '50s with such legends as Ray Charles and Quincy Jones, to the modern voices of George Colligan, Rebecca Kilgore, and Esperanza Spalding, this book aims to encompass and illuminate the [...]

Rhythm in the Rain is a nonfiction narrative about the jazz community in the Pacific Northwest that examines the people, places, and events that have made cities like Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, so popular among musicians. From the genesis of Jackson Street and Williams Avenue in the 1940s & '50s with such legends as Ray Charles and Quincy Jones, to the modern voices of George Colligan, Rebecca Kilgore, and Esperanza Spalding, this book aims to encompass and illuminate the rich musical history of a region that, while not widely recognized as a jazz mecca, has seen its relevance within the local community. [less]

$21.95
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They Are All Red Out Here

Jeffrey A. Johnson

2008    240 Pages    (University of Oklahoma Press)

DDC: 324.273    LCC: HX91.N77 J65

OCLC: 227031600    LCCN: 2008021256    ISBN 13: 9780806139678    ISBN 10: 0806139676

One of early-twentieth-century America's most fertile grounds for political radicalism, the Pacific Northwest produced some of the most dedicated and successful socialists the country has ever seen. As a radicalized labor force emerged in mining, logging, and other extractive industries, socialists employed intensive organizational and logistical skills to become an almost permanent third party that won elections and shook the confidence of establishment rivals. At the height of Socialist Party [...]

One of early-twentieth-century America's most fertile grounds for political radicalism, the Pacific Northwest produced some of the most dedicated and successful socialists the country has ever seen. As a radicalized labor force emerged in mining, logging, and other extractive industries, socialists employed intensive organizational and logistical skills to become an almost permanent third party that won elections and shook the confidence of establishment rivals. At the height of Socialist Party influence just before World War I, a Montana member declared, "They are all red out here." In this first book to fully examine the development of the American Socialist Party in the Northwest, Jeffrey A. Johnson draws a sharp picture of one of the most vigorous left-wing organizations of this era. Relying on party newspapers, pamphlets, and correspondence, he allows socialists to reveal their own strategies as they pursued their agendas in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. And he explores how the party gained sizable support in Butte, Spokane, and other cities seldom associated today with left-wing radicalism. "They Are All Red Out Here" employs recent approaches to labor history by restoring rank-and-file workers and party organizers as active participants in shaping local history. The book marks a major contribution to the ongoing debate over why socialism never grew deep roots in American soil and no longer thrives here. It is a work of political and labor history that uncovers alternative social and political visions in the American West. [less]

$34.95
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