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1 "DAME SHIRLEY" (LOUISE AMELIA KNAPP SMITH CLAPPE); OGLESBY, RICHARD E. The Shirley Letters: Being Letters Written In 1851-1852 From The California Mines.
Peregrine Smith, Inc., Santa Barbara and Salt Lake City: 1970. 0879050047 / 9780879050047 Third Printing. First published serially in The Pioneer Magazine during 1854 and 1855. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Mrs. Clapp, or as she will forever be affectionately known to Californians, Dame Shirley, came to California, via Cape Hope, in 1849, following a whim of her fiddle-footed husband. After a stay in San Francisco, where he suffered from the fogs and bilious fevers of the bay area, Fayette Clapp, himself a doctor, left his wife behind and journeyed far up the Feather River, hoping that the crisp, clean air of the mountains would have a salubrious effect o his health, and that the demand for medical men in the wilderness would have a similar impact on his income. Clapp's health improved markedly over the summer of 1851, thought the same could not be said for his finances due to the presence of twenty-nine doctors in Rich Bar, and he invited Shirley to join him at the bustling camp high on the East Fork of the Feather that fall. She remained at the Rich Bar, and nearby Indian Bar, until the end of the 1852 season, and from these addresses penned a series of twenty-three letters to her sister back home in Massachusetts, letters which have become classics in gold rush literature. That this tiny, not very robust, proper New England lady could have survived in a primitive mining camp, let alone produce there a masterpiece of literature and history, is one of the miracles for which subsequent generations will ever be grateful. 
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2 ABBEY, EDWARD. The Journey Home: Some Words In Defense Of The American West.
Plume Book, New York 1991. 0525483969 / 9780525483960 First Plume Printing. s Softcover. Good condition. 

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3 ADAMS, ANDY. The Log Of A Cowboy: A Narrative Of The Old Trail Days.
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln / London: 1964. 0803250002 / 9780803250000 Unabridged Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
J. Frank Dobie, in his Guide to Life and Literature of the Old Southwest, has declared that "if all other books on trail-driving were destroyed, a reader could still get a just and authentic conception of trail men, trail work, range cattle, cow horses, and the cow country in general from The Log of a Cowboy." First published in 1903, Andy Adams' classic narrative, based on his own experiences during the days of the "long drive," continues to be used and cited by historians of the Old West as the best and most reliable account of its kind. The Bison Book edition is reproduced from the first edition, with illustrations by E. Boyd Smith. 
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4 ADAMS, RAMON F. Western Words: A Dictionary Of The Old West.
Hippocrene Books, New York: 1998. 0781805902 / 9780781805902 Reprint Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
This lexicon of traditional American Old West vocabulary contains 5,000 words in the language of the cowboys, words as vibrant now as they were in the old American frontier. 
Price: 11.12 USD
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5 AHMAD, DIANA L. The Opium Debate And Chinese Exclusion Laws In The Nineteenth-century American West.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2011. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
America's current "war on drugs" is not the nation's first. In the mid-nineteenth century, opium-smoking was decried as a major social and public health problem, especially in the West. Although China faced its own epidemic of opium addiction, only a very small minority of Chinese immigrants in America were actually involved in the opium business. It was in Anglo communities that the use of opium soon spread and this growing use was deemed a threat to the nation's entrepreneurial spirit and to its growing mportance as a world economic and military power. The Opium Debate examines how the spread of opium-smoking fueled racism and created demands for the removal of the Chinese from American life. This meticulously researched study of the nineteenth-century drug-abuse crisis reveals the ways moral crusaders linked their antiopium rhetoric to already active demands for Chinese exclusion. Until this time, anti-Chinese propaganda had been dominated by protests against the economic and political impact of Chinese workers and the alleged role of Chinese women as prostitutes. The use of the drug by Anglos added another reason for demonizing Chinese immigrants. Ahmad describes the disparities between Anglo-American perceptions of Chinese immigrants and the somber realities of these people's lives, especially the role that opium-smoking came to play in the Anglo-American community, mostly among middle- and upper-class women. The book offers a brilliant analysis of the evolution of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, plus important insights into the social history of the nineteenth-century West, the culture of American Victorianism, and the rhetoric of racism in American politics. Diana L. Ahmad is an associate professor of history at the University of Missouri-Rolla. "While there have been some studies recently on the history of addictive drugs, none have studied the opium trade in the U.S. with this detail, and none have related that topic to the remarkable hostility against Chinese immigrants. . . . The book helps us understand one of the most revealing, and strangest, episodes in the racial history of the West." —Elliott West, University of Arkansas "The Opium Debate is as informed and informative as it is well organized and reader friendly. This is an impressive and very highly recommended contribution." - American History Shelf "The text shines in its overview of the growing frenzy over substance abuse, of racial profiling. . . . Ahmad uses numerous primary documents that have not been previously included in a history of Chinese America." - Oregon Historical Quarterly "The Opium Debate fills a historiographical gap on smoking-opium use and its ramifications in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American West." - Utah Historical Quarterly "This book makes an invaluable contribution to the field of Chinese American history." - Virginia Review of Asian Studies "Filling a significant gap in the literature, it advances our knowledge of the issue of opium in nineteenth-century America's discourse on the "Chinese Question"...her book gives us the first comprehensive and detailed depiction of the close connection between anti-Chinese sentiments and the subject of recreational opium use." - American Historical Review "This book presents a poignant window into past episodes of stigma, stereotype, journalism, science, politics, and law as related to opium use and Chinese in the West. In addition to providing a useful starting point for further research related to the historical events fueling anti-Chinese sentiments and the history of North America's complex forms of racism, this book also inspires consideration of the power of media, politics, and cultural typecasts in the modern world." - Montana: The Magazine of Western History "A fascinating and scholarly study . . . The Opium Debate is as informed and informative as it is well organized and 'reader friendly.' This is an impressive and highly recommended contribution." - Midwest Book Review 
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6 AIRD, POLLY ; NICHOLS, JEFF & BAGLEY, WILL. Playing With Shadows: Voices Of Dissent In The Mormon West
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2011. Volume 13 in Kingdom in the West: The Mormons and the American Frontier. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The personal journeys of four Latter-day Saints who came to doubt the faith. This collection of narratives by four individuals who abandoned Mormonism—"apostates," as Brigham Young and other Latter-day Saint leaders labeled them—provides an overview of dissent from the beginning of the religion to the early twentieth century and presents a wide range of disaffection with the faith or its leaders. Instead of focusing on a single disheartened individual or sect, this collection includes dissenters with different motivations and a wide range of experiences. Some devout Mormon converts, finding Brigham Young's implementation of the Kingdom of God disillusioning, turned their backs on religion in general. Yet most never lost their love for their fellow Mormons or their longing for the ideal society they had dreamed of building. Newspaper articles, personal letters, journals, and sermons provide context for the testaments collected here—those of George Armstrong Hicks, Charles Derry, Ann Gordge, and Brigham Young Hampton. The four range from those who felt Brigham Young had not lived up to the precepts of Mormonism, to "backouts" who gave up and left Utah, to a plural wife who constructed a rich fantasy world, to a devoted Latter-day Saint who gave his all only to feel betrayed by his leaders. Young warned one dissenting group that they were "not playing with shadows," but with "the voice and the hand of the Almighty"; accordingly, many dissenters feared for their livelihoods, and some, for their lives. Historians will value the range of beliefs, opinions, complaints, hopes, and fears expressed in these carefully annotated life histories. An antidote to anti-Mormon sensationalism, these detailed chronicles of deeply personal journeys add subtlety and a human dimension to our understanding of the Mormon past. Polly Aird is an independent historian whose award-winning articles have appeared in the Utah Historical Quarterly, the Journal of Mormon History, and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. In addition, she is the author of the award-winning book, Mormon Convert, Mormon Defector: A Scottish Immigrant in the American West, 1848-1861. She lives in Seattle, Washington. Jeff Nichols is Associate Professor of History at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, and the author of Prostitution, Polygamy, and Power: Salt Lake City, 1847-1918. Will Bagley is an independent historian who has written about overland emigration, frontier violence, railroads, mining, and the Mormons. Bagley has published extensively over the years and is the author and editor of many books, articles, and reviews in professional journals. Bagley is the series editor of Arthur H. Clark Company's documentary history series, KINGDOM IN THE WEST: The Mormons and the American Frontier. Bagley has been a Wallace Stegner Centennial Fellow at the University of Utah and the Archibald Hannah, Jr. Fellow in American History at Yale University's Beinecke Library. Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows has won numerous awards including a Spur Award from Western Writers of America, the Bancroft History Prize from the Denver Public Library, Westerners International Best Book, and the Western History Association Caughey Book Prize for the most distinguished book on the history of the American West. So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812-1848 is the first of four volumes of "Overland West: The Story of the Oregon and California Trails". 
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7 ALDERSON, NANNIE T. & SMITH, HELENA HUNTINGTON; COSGROVE, J. O'H. (DRAWINGS). A Bride Goes West.
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln and London: 1969. 0803250010 / 9780803250017 First Bison Book Printing. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
A Bride Goes West is new and fresh because it is impregnated with a just sense of values about life. When Nannie Tiffany of West Virginia married Walt Alderson, who'd already been on the cattle trail for years, in 1882, they went to Montana to start a little ranch. There's plenty about ranching in this book but what is most valuable is about life, about people in this ranch country. Helena Huntington Smith is the author of The War on Powder River, also a Bison Book. "A charming vignette of ranching life in Montana during the mid-1880s."—Choice "Among hundreds of books written by and about range men, there are hardly a dozen valid ones concerning women. I pick A Bride Goes West and Agnes Morley Cleaveland's No Life for a Lady [also a Bison Book] as the two best books pertaining to ranch life by women with a woman's point of view dominating."—J. Frank Dobie 
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8 ALLEN, JOHN LOGAN. Lewis And Clark And The Image Of The American Northwest.
Dover Publications, Inc., New York: 1991. 0486269140 / 9780486269146 Reprint Edition. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
Long before Meriwether Lewis and William Clark chartered the vast terriory between the Mississippi River and the Pacific Ocean, the American Northwest filled American and European imaginations with dreams of an agricultural paradise and a short water passage to the Pacific. How these geographical images took formover the years and how Lewis and Clark's discoveries dramatically modified and reshapped them are the subject of this highly praised study. Includes an Index and 47 maps. 
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9 ALLMENDINGER, BLAKE. Imagining The African American West.
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln: 2005. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Poor condition. 
The literature of the African American West is the last racial discourse of the region that remains unexplored. Blake Allmendinger addresses this void in literary and cultural studies with Imagining the African American West — the first comprehensive study of African American literature on the early frontier and in the modern urban American West. Allmendinger charts the terrain of African American literature in the West through his exploration of novels, histories, autobiographies, science fiction, mysteries, formula westerns, melodramas, experimental theater, and political essays, as well as rap music and film. He examines the histories of James P. Beckwourth and Oscar Micheaux; slavery, the Civil War, and the significance of the American frontier to blacks; and the Harlem Renaissance, the literature of urban unrest, rap music, black noir, and African American writers, including Toni Morrison and Walter Mosley. His study utilizes not only the works of well-known African American writers but also some obscure and neglected works, out-of-print books, and unpublished manuscripts in library archives. Much of the scholarly neglect of the "Black West" can be blamed on how the American West has been imagined, constructed, and framed in scholarship to date. In his study, Allmendinger provides the appropriate theoretical, cultural, and historical contexts for understanding the literature and suggests new directions for the future of black western literature. Blake Allmendinger is a professor of English at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is the coeditor of Over the Edge: Remapping the American West and the author of Ten Most Wanted: The New Western Literature. "The most fascinating feature of this volume is the author's emphasis on twentieth-century cultural production about the West. Rather than solely focusing on a first-person western narratives or the western as a literary genre, Allmendinger illustrates the multiple ways that the concept of the West had symbolic significance among African American artists. . . . The author greatly expands and contemporizes our static notion of the West, illustrating the emblematic value of this mythic region for African Americans."—Gerald R. Butters Jr., Journal of American History "Exploring black noir detective novels of the twentieth century as well as the Watts Writers' Workshop and lyrics of rap music, Allmendinger has written a spellbinding account of African American imagery in American western literature and history. Extremely well-documented, this book provokes the imagination and provides fresh perspectives."—Delores Nason McBroome, Western Historical Quarterly "Although [Allmendinger] emphasizes that this is a study of African American literature, the strength of the book comes from placing that literary study in the context of the multifarious expressive forms through which African Americans have imagined and represented black experience in the American West." — Michael K. Johnson, Western American Literature "Illuminating and creative in structure, content and argument. . . . Allmendinger endeavors to ameliorate the scholarly 'neglect' that the 'Black West' has endured, as a result of the problematic ways in which it has been imagined, constructed, and framed, by offering illuminating theoretical, cultural, and historical contexts for comprehending this literature. He is successful in his efforts, and the body of literature of African American history and life in the American West is much better for it."—Matthew C. Whitaker, Journal of Arizona History "Allmendinger's use of research material can frequently let us look through the miasma produced by the smoke of popularity history to find new realities and new perspectives. Allmendinger offers historians of the West a highly rewarding read in Imagining the African American West."—Jere W. Roberson, Great Plains Quarterly "The first comprehensive study of the literature created by African Americans reflecting experiences in the modern, urban, multicultural West. . . . In addition to turning over new ground, Allmendinger helps readers view old ground through a new lens." —AfroAmericanHeritage.com "Blake Allmendinger looks at how literature, film and music have examined the black experience in the American West. Such appreciations of history connect the present to important aspects of our past."—Omaha World-Herald "Well-written and accessible to the general reader Imagining the African American West is both an important reference work and an interesting read."—Roundup Magazine 
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10 ALLMENDINGER, BLAKE. Imagining The African American West.
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln: 2005. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. There is a slight amount of water damage. 
The literature of the African American West is the last racial discourse of the region that remains unexplored. Blake Allmendinger addresses this void in literary and cultural studies with Imagining the African American West — the first comprehensive study of African American literature on the early frontier and in the modern urban American West. Allmendinger charts the terrain of African American literature in the West through his exploration of novels, histories, autobiographies, science fiction, mysteries, formula westerns, melodramas, experimental theater, and political essays, as well as rap music and film. He examines the histories of James P. Beckwourth and Oscar Micheaux; slavery, the Civil War, and the significance of the American frontier to blacks; and the Harlem Renaissance, the literature of urban unrest, rap music, black noir, and African American writers, including Toni Morrison and Walter Mosley. His study utilizes not only the works of well-known African American writers but also some obscure and neglected works, out-of-print books, and unpublished manuscripts in library archives. Much of the scholarly neglect of the "Black West" can be blamed on how the American West has been imagined, constructed, and framed in scholarship to date. In his study, Allmendinger provides the appropriate theoretical, cultural, and historical contexts for understanding the literature and suggests new directions for the future of black western literature. Blake Allmendinger is a professor of English at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is the coeditor of Over the Edge: Remapping the American West and the author of Ten Most Wanted: The New Western Literature. "The most fascinating feature of this volume is the author's emphasis on twentieth-century cultural production about the West. Rather than solely focusing on a first-person western narratives or the western as a literary genre, Allmendinger illustrates the multiple ways that the concept of the West had symbolic significance among African American artists. . . . The author greatly expands and contemporizes our static notion of the West, illustrating the emblematic value of this mythic region for African Americans."—Gerald R. Butters Jr., Journal of American History "Exploring black noir detective novels of the twentieth century as well as the Watts Writers' Workshop and lyrics of rap music, Allmendinger has written a spellbinding account of African American imagery in American western literature and history. Extremely well-documented, this book provokes the imagination and provides fresh perspectives."—Delores Nason McBroome, Western Historical Quarterly "Although [Allmendinger] emphasizes that this is a study of African American literature, the strength of the book comes from placing that literary study in the context of the multifarious expressive forms through which African Americans have imagined and represented black experience in the American West." — Michael K. Johnson, Western American Literature "Illuminating and creative in structure, content and argument. . . . Allmendinger endeavors to ameliorate the scholarly 'neglect' that the 'Black West' has endured, as a result of the problematic ways in which it has been imagined, constructed, and framed, by offering illuminating theoretical, cultural, and historical contexts for comprehending this literature. He is successful in his efforts, and the body of literature of African American history and life in the American West is much better for it."—Matthew C. Whitaker, Journal of Arizona History "Allmendinger's use of research material can frequently let us look through the miasma produced by the smoke of popularity history to find new realities and new perspectives. Allmendinger offers historians of the West a highly rewarding read in Imagining the African American West."—Jere W. Roberson, Great Plains Quarterly "The first comprehensive study of the literature created by African Americans reflecting experiences in the modern, urban, multicultural West. . . . In addition to turning over new ground, Allmendinger helps readers view old ground through a new lens." —AfroAmericanHeritage.com "Blake Allmendinger looks at how literature, film and music have examined the black experience in the American West. Such appreciations of history connect the present to important aspects of our past."—Omaha World-Herald "Well-written and accessible to the general reader Imagining the African American West is both an important reference work and an interesting read."—Roundup Magazine 
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11 ANSCHUTZ, PHILIP F. WITH WILLIAM J. CONVERY & THOMAS J. NOEL. Out Where The West Begins: Profiles, Visions & Strategies Of Early Western Business Leaders.
Cloud Camp Press: 2015. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Between 1800 and 1920, an extraordinary cast of bold innovators and entrepreneurs—individuals such as Cyrus McCormick, Brigham Young, Henry Wells and James Fargo, Fred Harvey, Levi Strauss, Adolph Coors, J. P. Morgan, and Buffalo Bill Cody—helped lay the groundwork for what we now call the American West. They were people of imagination and courage, adept at maneuvering the rapids of change, alert to opportunity, persistent in their missions. They had big ideas they were not afraid to test. They stitched the country together with the first transcontinental railroad, invented the Model A and built the roads it traveled on, raised cities and supplied them with water and electricity, established banks for immigrant populations, entertained the world with film and showmanship, and created a new form of western hospitality for early travelers. Not all were ideal role models. Most, however, once they had made their fortunes, shared them in the form of cultural institutions, charities, libraries, parks, and other amenities that continue to enrich lives in the West today. Out Where the West Begins profiles some fifty of these individuals, tracing the arcs of their lives, exploring their backgrounds and motivations, identifying their contributions, and analyzing the strategies they developed to succeed in their chosen fields. Philip F. Anschutz, owner of The Anschutz Corporation, Denver, Colorado, has major business interests are in communications, transportation, natural and renewable resources, real estate, lodging, and entertainment. A native of Kansas, he graduated from the University of Kansas in 1961 with a degree in business. He started The Anschutz Corporation in 1965. He has served in the past on boards and committees of various charitable, civic, industry, and financial organizations. Among Mr. Anschutz's personal interests is the collecting of paintings of the early American West. William J. Convery has a PhD in American Western History from the University of New Mexico, M.A. in American Western History and Public History from the University of Colorado, Denver and a B.A. in History from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has authored numerous publications, including Pride of the Rockies: The Life of John Kernan Mullen and a biographical essay on John Milton Chivington, which appeared in Soldiers West: Biographies of the Military Frontier. Thomas J. Noel is Professor of History and Director of Public History, Preservation, and Colorado Studies at University of Colorado Denver. He appears regularly on Denver's Channel 9 (NBC) as "Dr. Colorado," writes a Sunday Denver Post column, and is the author or coauthor of more than 40 books, including Colorado: A History of the Centennial State (coauthored with Carl Abbott and Steve Leonard) and Colorado: A Liquid History and Tavern Guide to the Highest State. 
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12 ARMOR, JOHN & WRIGHT, PETER; HERSEY, JOHN (COMMENTARY); ADAMS, ANSEL (PHOTOGRAPHS). Manzanar.
Times Books, New York: 1988. 0812917278 / 9780812917277 First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
On March 21,1942, the United States government quietly posted the first in an ominous series of "Civilian Exclusion Orders" in communities throughout the West. These orders would ultimately deny more than 110,000 men,women and children of Japanese descent their liberty and property, and would consign them for a period of up to four years to one of ten barren, isolated American concentration camps built specifically to contain them. Eloquent and important, by turns tragic and uplifting, Manzanar is the sobering chronicle of that unhappy episode in American history. This camp lay in a harsh yet strangely beautiful setting,on the edge of the desert along the eastern slope of California's Sierra Nevada. 
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13 BAGLEY, WILL. Blood Of The Prophets: Brigham Young And The Massacre At Mountain Meadows.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2004. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The massacre at Mountain Meadows on September 11, 1857, was the single most violent attack on a wagon train in the thirty-year history of the Oregon and California trails. Yet it has been all but forgotten. Will Bagley's Blood of the Prophets is the most extensive investigation of the events surrounding the murder of some 120 men, women, and children since Juanita Brooks published her groundbreaking study, The Mountain Meadows Massacre, in 1950. Drawing from a wealth of primary sources, Bagley explains how the murders occurred, reveals the involvement of territorial governor Brigham Young, and explores the subsequent suppression and distortion of events related to the massacre. "An exhaustive, meticulously documented, highly readable history."—The New York Review of Books 
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14 BAGLEY, WILL. So Rugged And Mountainous: Blazing The Trails To Oregon And California 1812-1848.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: . h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The story of America's westward migration is a powerful blend of fact and fable. Over the course of three decades, almost a million eager fortune-hunters, pioneers, and visionaries transformed the face of a continent—and displaced its previous inhabitants. The people who made the long and perilous journey over the Oregon and California trails drove this swift and astonishing change. In this magisterial volume, Will Bagley tells why and how this massive emigration began. While many previous authors have told parts of this story, Bagley has recast it in its entirety for modern readers. Drawing on research he conducted for the National Park Service's Long Distance Trails Office, he has woven a wealth of primary sources—personal letters and journals, government documents, newspaper reports, and folk accounts—into a compelling narrative that reinterprets the first years of overland migration. Illustrated with photographs and historical maps, So Rugged and Mountainous is the first of a projected four-volume history, Overland West: The Story of the Oregon and California Trails. This sweeping series describes how the "Road across the Plains" transformed the American West and became an enduring part of its legacy. And by showing that overland emigration would not have been possible without the cooperation of Native peoples and tribes, it places American Indians at the center of trail history, not on its margins. 
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15 BAGLEY, WILL. South Pass: Gateway To A Continent.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2014. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
A history of the famous cleft in the Rockies and an elegant plea for its preservation. Wallace Stegner called South Pass "one of the most deceptive and impressive places in the West." Nowhere can travelers cross the Rockies so easily as through this high, treeless valley in Wyoming immediately south of the Wind River Mountains. South Pass has received much attention in lore and memory but attracted no serious book-length study—until now. In this narrative, award-winning author Will Bagley explains the significance of South Pass to the nation's history and to the development of the American West. Fur traders first saw South Pass in 1812. From the early 1840s until the completion of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads almost forty years later, emigrants on the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails used South Pass in transforming the American West in a single generation. Bagley traces the peopling of the region by the earliest inhabitants and adventurers, including Indian peoples, trappers and fur traders, missionaries, and government-commissioned explorers. Later, California gold rushers, Latter-day Saints, and families seeking new lives went through this singular gap in the Rockies. Without South Pass, overland wagons beginning their journey far to the east along the Missouri River could not have reached their destinations in a single season, and western settlement might have been delayed for decades. The story of South Pass offers a rich history. The Overland Stage, Pony Express, and first transcontinental telegraph all came through the region. Nearly a century later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower designated South Pass as one of America's first National Historic Landmarks. An American place so rich in historical significance, Bagley argues, deserves the best of historical preservation efforts. 25 black and white illustrations, 5 maps, 328 pages, 6" x 9". Will Bagley is an independent historian who has written about overland emigration, frontier violence, railroads, mining, and the Mormons. Bagley has published extensively over the years and is the author and editor of many books, articles, and reviews in professional journals. Bagley is the series editor of Arthur H. Clark Company's documentary history series, KINGDOM IN THE WEST: The Mormons and the American Frontier. Bagley has been a Wallace Stegner Centennial Fellow at the University of Utah and the Archibald Hannah, Jr. Fellow in American History at Yale University's Beinecke Library. Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows has won numerous awards including a Spur Award from Western Writers of America, the Bancroft History Prize from the Denver Public Library, Westerners International Best Book, and the Western History Association Caughey Book Prize for the most distinguished book on the history of the American West. So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812-1848 is the first of four volumes of "Overland West: The Story of the Oregon and California Trails". 
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16 BAGLEY, WILL. With Golden Visions Bright Before Them: Trails To The Mining West, 1849-1852.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: . Leather Bound Edition. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Brand new book. Leather Bound Edition. 
During the mid-nineteenth century, a quarter of a million travelers—men, women, and children—followed the "road across the plains" to gold rush California. This magnificent chronicle—the second installment of Will Bagley's sweeping Overland West series—captures the danger, excitement, and heartbreak of America's first great rush for riches and its enduring consequences. With narrative scope and detail unmatched by earlier histories, With Golden Visions Bright Before Them retells this classic American saga through the voices of the people whose eyewitness testimonies vividly evoke the most dramatic era of westward migration. Traditional histories of the overland roads paint the gold rush migration as a heroic epic of progress that opened new lands and a continental treasure house for the advancement of civilization. Yet, according to Bagley, the transformation of the American West during this period is more complex and contentious than legend pretends. The gold rush epoch witnessed untold suffering and sacrifice, and the trails and their trials were enough to make many people turn back. For America's Native peoples, the effect of the massive migration was no less than ruinous. The impact that tens of thousands of intruders had on Native peoples and their homelands is at the center of this story, not on its margins. Beautifully written and richly illustrated with photographs and maps, With Golden Visions Bright Before Them continues the saga that began with Bagley's highly acclaimed, award-winning So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812-1848, hailed by critics as a classic of western history. 
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17 BAGLEY, WILL. With Golden Visions Bright Before Them: Trails To The Mining West, 1849-1852.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: . h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
During the mid-nineteenth century, a quarter of a million travelers—men, women, and children—followed the "road across the plains" to gold rush California. This magnificent chronicle—the second installment of Will Bagley's sweeping Overland West series—captures the danger, excitement, and heartbreak of America's first great rush for riches and its enduring consequences. With narrative scope and detail unmatched by earlier histories, With Golden Visions Bright Before Them retells this classic American saga through the voices of the people whose eyewitness testimonies vividly evoke the most dramatic era of westward migration. Traditional histories of the overland roads paint the gold rush migration as a heroic epic of progress that opened new lands and a continental treasure house for the advancement of civilization. Yet, according to Bagley, the transformation of the American West during this period is more complex and contentious than legend pretends. The gold rush epoch witnessed untold suffering and sacrifice, and the trails and their trials were enough to make many people turn back. For America's Native peoples, the effect of the massive migration was no less than ruinous. The impact that tens of thousands of intruders had on Native peoples and their homelands is at the center of this story, not on its margins. Beautifully written and richly illustrated with photographs and maps, With Golden Visions Bright Before Them continues the saga that began with Bagley's highly acclaimed, award-winning So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812-1848, hailed by critics as a classic of western history. 
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18 BAKER, WILL. Mountain Blood.
The University of Georgia Press, Athens & London: 1986. 0820308196 / 9780820308197 First Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
The recollections and yarns, historical meditations and reportage brought together in Mountain Blood are written out of a sensibility formed in the American West. They spring from a life spent in the West's harsh, grotesque, outlandishly beautiful terrain; from an imagination shaped by wild, circuitous mealtime stories of prospectors and of fistfights in isolated western towns; from the bitter history of a land where mining conglomerates dislodged the sourdoughs, where the ranch-style houses of suburbia occupy the great sweep of grass once hunted by the Lakota. Winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction. 
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19 BARBOUR, BARTON H. Fort Union And The Upper Missouri Fur Trade.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2000. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Presents the first comprehensive history of Fort Union, the nineteenth century's most important and longest-lived Upper Missouri River fur trading post. Barbour explores the economic, social, legal, cultural, and political significance of the fort which was the brainchild of Kenneth McKenzie and Pierre Chouteau, Jr., and a part of John Jacob Astor's fur trade empire. From 1830 to 1867, Fort Union symbolized the power of New York and St. Louis, and later, St. Paul merchants' capital in the West. The most lucrative post on the northern plains, Fort Union affected national relations with a number of native tribes, such as the Assiniboine, Cree, Crow, Sioux, and Blackfeet. It also influenced American interactions with Great Britain, whose powerful Hudson's Bay Company competed for Upper Missouri furs. Barbour shows how Indians, mixed-bloods, Hispanic-, African-, Anglo-, and other Euro-Americans living at Fort Union created a system of community law that helped maintain their unique frontier society. Many visiting artists and scientists produced a magnificent graphic and verbal record of events and people at the post, but the old-time world of fur traders and Indians collapsed during the Civil War when political winds shifted in favor of Lincoln's Republican Party. In 1865 Chouteau lost his trade license and sold Fort Union to new operators, who had little interest in maintaining the post's former culture. 
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20 BARBOUR, BARTON H. Fort Union And The Upper Missouri Fur Trade.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2000. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Presents the first comprehensive history of Fort Union, the nineteenth century's most important and longest-lived Upper Missouri River fur trading post. Barbour explores the economic, social, legal, cultural, and political significance of the fort which was the brainchild of Kenneth McKenzie and Pierre Chouteau, Jr., and a part of John Jacob Astor's fur trade empire. From 1830 to 1867, Fort Union symbolized the power of New York and St. Louis, and later, St. Paul merchants' capital in the West. The most lucrative post on the northern plains, Fort Union affected national relations with a number of native tribes, such as the Assiniboine, Cree, Crow, Sioux, and Blackfeet. It also influenced American interactions with Great Britain, whose powerful Hudson's Bay Company competed for Upper Missouri furs. Barbour shows how Indians, mixed-bloods, Hispanic-, African-, Anglo-, and other Euro-Americans living at Fort Union created a system of community law that helped maintain their unique frontier society. Many visiting artists and scientists produced a magnificent graphic and verbal record of events and people at the post, but the old-time world of fur traders and Indians collapsed during the Civil War when political winds shifted in favor of Lincoln's Republican Party. In 1865 Chouteau lost his trade license and sold Fort Union to new operators, who had little interest in maintaining the post's former culture. 
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