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361 SCHLISSEL, LILLIAN; DEGLER, CARL N. (PREFACE). Women's Diaries Of The Westward Journey.
Schocken Books, New York: 1992. 0805210040 / 9780805210040 Expanded Edition with a New Introduction by the author. s Softcover. Reading copy. 
More than a quarter of a million Americans cfrossed the continental United States between 1840 and 1870 in one of the greatest migrations of modern times. The men of the rugged frontier have become an integral part of American history and folklore, but pioneer was, in fact, a family matter, and the westering experiences of American women are central to an accurate picture of what life was like on the frontier. Includes an Index. "Provides a vivid picture of a long-neglected part of American history." - Library Journal 
Price: 6.37 USD
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362 SCHULTHEIS, ROB. The Hidden West: Journeys In The American Outback.
North Point Press, San Francisco: 1983. 0865470871 / 9780865470873 Reprint Edition. s Softcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
Explores such areas of unique, desolate beauty as Mono Lake, the sand hills of Nebraska, and Barranca del Cobre, the largest canyon in the world, in Northern Mexico. Schultheis brings a wide knowledge of, and reverence for, the places he describes, and we are reminded that America has its mysterious, exotic places where adventures are still possible. 
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363 SCOTT, DOUGLAS D. ; WILLEY, P. & CONNOR, MELISSA A. They Died With Custer. Soldiers' Bones From The Battle Of The Little Bighorn.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2002. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Dead men tell no tales, and the soldiers who rode and died with George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn have been silent statistics for more than a hundred years. By blending historical sources, archaeological evidence, and painstaking analysis of the skeletal remains, Douglas D. Scott, P. Willey, and Melissa A. Connor reconstruct biographies of many of the individual soldiers, identifying age, height, possible race, state of health, and the specific way each died. They also link reactions to the battle over the years to shifts in American views regarding the appropriate treatment of the dead. Douglas D. Scott is Chief of the Rocky Mountain Research Division, Midwest Archeological Center, National Park Service. He holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Colorado and is widely known as an author, lecturer, and expert on military archaeology. Other books by Douglas D. Scott include Archaeological Insights Into the Custer Battle. "Even a few of the faces - from young privates to grizzled sergeants - grace these pages through reconstructions. . . . [These are] pipe-smoking and tobacco-chewing men with rotten teeth, a lifetime of broken bones and poor nutrition, and a host of painful back problems from years on horseback. The West loses its romance in a hurry." - Robert Locke, Discovering Archaeology 
Price: 21.80 USD
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364 SCOTT, DOUGLAS D.; BLEED, PETER; DAMM, STEPHEN. Custer, Cody, And Grand Duke Alexis: Historical Archaeology Of The Royal Buffalo Hunt.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
On a chilly January morning in 1872, a special visitor arrived by train in North Platte, Nebraska. Grand Duke Alexis of Russia had already seen the cities and sights of the East—New York, Washington, and Niagara Falls—and now the young nobleman was about to enjoy a western adventure: a grand buffalo hunt. His host would be General Philip Sheridan, and the excursion would include several of the West's most iconic characters: George Armstrong Custer, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Spotted Tale of the Brul Sioux. The Royal Buffalo Hunt, as this event is now called, has become a staple of western lore. Yet incorrect information and misconceptions about the excursion have prevented a clear understanding of what really took place. In this fascinating book, Douglas D. Scott, Peter Bleed, and Stephen Damm combine archaeological and historical research to offer an expansive and accurate portrayal of this singular diplomatic event. The authors focus their investigation on the Red Willow Creek encampment site, now named Camp Alexis, the party's only stopping place along the hunt trail that can be located with certainty. In addition to physical artifacts, the authors examine a plethora of primary accounts—such as railroad timetables, invitations to balls and dinners, even sheet music commemorating the visit—to supplement the archaeological evidence. They also reference documents from the Russian State Archives previously unavailable to researchers, as well as recently discovered photographs that show the layout and organization of the camp. Weaving all these elements together, their account constitutes a valuable product of the interdisciplinary approach known as microhistory. 
Price: 24.65 USD
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365 SEEYLE, JOHN. Stories Of The Old West: Tales Of The Mining Camp, Cavalry Troop, And Cattle Ranch.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2000. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
This collection of stories portrays an Old West that is both fact and fiction. The fifty narratives are written by some of America's finest writers, including Bret Harte, Mark Twain, Jack London, Mary Austin, Ambrose Bierce, Owen Wister, Frederic Remington, Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, O. Henry, and Stewart Edward White. The reader will delight in comic tales about California charlatans, prostitutes with hearts of gold, tough, taciturn, and honorable cowboys, and heroic cavalrymen. There are razor-sharp stories of settlers struggling to survive in an unforgiving and unknown land and accounts with a rare understanding of the cultures of the American Indian. 
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366 SEYMOUR, PETER (EDITOR); HUNT, WILLIAM (DESIGNER). The West That Was: A Nostalgic Collection Of Writings And Pictures Recalling The Authentic American West Of A Century And More Ago.
Hallmark Crown Editions, Kansas City: 1973. 0875293212 / 9780875293219 First Edition (Unstated). h Boxed Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
Takes us back to the days when the West was wild - a primitive land of gold fever, buffalo, cowboys, Indians, and outlaws. Captures this expressive spirit in the finest works of such frontier artists as Frederick Remington and Charles Russell and in historic photographs of the period. 
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367 SHELTON, RICHARD. Going Back To Bisbee.
University of Arizona Press, Tucson . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
One of America's most distinguished poets now shares his fascination with a distinctive corner of our country. Richard Shelton first came to southeastern Arizona in the 1950s as a oldier stationed at Fort Huachuca. He soon fell in love with the region and upon his discharge found a job as a schoolteacher in nearby Bisbee. Now a university professor and respected poet living in Tucson, still in love with the Southwestern deserts, Shelton sets off for Bisbee on a not-uncommon day trip. Along the way, he reflects on the history of the area, on the beauty of the landscape, and on his own life. Couched within the narrative of his journey are passages revealing Shelton's deep familiarity with the region's natural and human history. Whether conveying the mystique of tarantulas or describing the mountain-studded topography, he brings a poet's eye to this seemingly desolate country. His observations on human habitation touch on Tombstone, "the town too tough to die," on ghost towns that perhaps weren't as tough, and on Bisbee itself, a once prosperous mining town now an outpost for the arts and a destination for tourists. What he finds there is both a broad view of his past and a glimpse of that city's possible future. Going Back to Bisbee explores a part of America with which many readers may not be familiar. A rich store of information embedded in splendid prose, it shows that there are more than miles on the road to Bisbee 
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368 SHILLINGBERG, WILLIAM. Dodge City: The Early Years 1872-1886.
The Arthur H Clark Company. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The most famous cattle town of the trail-driving era, Dodge City, Kansas, holds a special allure for western historians and enthusiasts alike. Wm. B. Shillingberg now goes beyond the violence for which the town became notorious, more fully documenting its early history by uncovering the economic, political, and social forces that shaped Dodge. The author cuts through legend and myth to depict a Dodge City that few people really know. He takes readers back to the southwestern Kansas frontier and traces a town's evolution from a military site for protecting Santa Fe commerce, to a wild and lawless buffalo hunters' rendezvous, to a regional freighting center and the primary shipping point for Texas cattle on the central plains. Amid all this activity a community sprang up in 1872 and was still stumbling toward maturity fourteen years later when the great herds no longer came. Shillingberg describes this transformation of place and purpose, along with its attendant political machinations and business fervor, revealing singular personalities, social turmoil, and a local economy in flux. Along the way, the book offers new perspectives on the Battle of Adobe Walls, the constant maneuvering of railroad moguls and cattle barons, and the exploits of such legendary figures as Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, from city records to personal papers, Dodge City: The Early Years, 1872-1886 surpasses previous accounts of the town by depicting complex individuals and events in greater depth and detail. It shows us a community concerned with more than brothels, saloons, and gunplay. It will stand as the authoritative history of this quintessential western town. 
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369 SHILLINGBERG, WILLIAM. Dodge City: The Early Years 1872-1886.
The Arthur H Clark Company. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The most famous cattle town of the trail-driving era, Dodge City, Kansas, holds a special allure for western historians and enthusiasts alike. Wm. B. Shillingberg now goes beyond the violence for which the town became notorious, more fully documenting its early history by uncovering the economic, political, and social forces that shaped Dodge. The author cuts through legend and myth to depict a Dodge City that few people really know. He takes readers back to the southwestern Kansas frontier and traces a town's evolution from a military site for protecting Santa Fe commerce, to a wild and lawless buffalo hunters' rendezvous, to a regional freighting center and the primary shipping point for Texas cattle on the central plains. Amid all this activity a community sprang up in 1872 and was still stumbling toward maturity fourteen years later when the great herds no longer came. Shillingberg describes this transformation of place and purpose, along with its attendant political machinations and business fervor, revealing singular personalities, social turmoil, and a local economy in flux. Along the way, the book offers new perspectives on the Battle of Adobe Walls, the constant maneuvering of railroad moguls and cattle barons, and the exploits of such legendary figures as Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, from city records to personal papers, Dodge City: The Early Years, 1872-1886 surpasses previous accounts of the town by depicting complex individuals and events in greater depth and detail. It shows us a community concerned with more than brothels, saloons, and gunplay. It will stand as the authoritative history of this quintessential western town. 
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370 SHILLINGBERG, WM. B. Tombstone, A. T.: A History Of Early Mining, Milling, And Mayhem.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2016. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Once nearly forgotten, Tombstone, Arizona is trapped in myth and legend. Walking its quiet streets, one finds it hard to separate truth from illusion and remember this was a real town, not some Hollywood fantasy. Tombstone's rough and rowdy exploits were reported from San Francisco to New York. William B. Shillingberg rediscovers the real Tombstone in this historical tour-de-force. The rough mining town of boomers and investors, of hard men and women seeking their fortunes, comes to life with startling clarity. Tombstone, A.T.: A History of Early Mining, Milling, and Mayhem relates true tales of those who founded and built the town, including the infamous Earps and Clantons. Shillingberg details life in a pioneer mining town, from the discoverers of the mines, Edward and Albert Schieffelin and Richard Gird, to the amazing cast of characters in the most celebrated gunfight in Western history—the shootout at the OK Corral, between Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan Earp, Doc Holliday, and a gang led by Ike Clanton. And tales of John Ringo, Frank Leslie, and diarist George W. Parsons are filled with the famous and the notorious. Today Tombstone slumbers, a shadow of its faded glory, supported by clouded memories and tourist dollars. But the real story remains, and Tombstone, A.T. tells it. Wm. B. Shillingberg is retired as president of an international probate research corporation. The author of Dodge City: The Early Years, 1872-1886, he resides in Tucson, Arizona. 
Price: 19.90 USD
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371 SIGLER, WILLIAM F.; SIGLER, JOHN W. Fishes Of The Great Basin: A Natural History.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2014. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Naturalists and recreational anglers will welcome the paperback edition of this comprehensive volume, first published in 1986, which describes every species in the lakes and streams of the Great Basin. Includes an updated checklist of established species, discussion of threatened and endangered species, glossary, bibliography, and index. William F. Sigler (1909-95) was Head of the Utah State University Wildlife Resources Department from 1950 to 1974, writing more than one hundred articles and books on fish, fisheries, and wildlife. John W. Sigler worked as a consultant on fisheries and water management projects in the western United States for 25 years and retired in 2012 after serving as the Senior Environmental Coordinator for the City of Pocatello, Idaho. He now consults on fisheries and environmental issues throughout the West. New York Times story, April 23, 2013, on saving the nearly extinct Lahontan cutthroat trout in Pyramid Lake. More on saving the Lahontan cutthroat trout 
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372 SKILLEN, JAMES R. The Nation's Largest Landlord: The Bureau Of Land Management In The American West.
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence: . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
It is the largest landholder in America, overseeing nearly an eighth of the country: 258 million acres located almost exclusively west of the Mississippi River, with even twice as much below the surface. Its domain embraces wildlife and wilderness, timber, range, and minerals, and for over 60 years, the Bureau of Land Management has been an agency in search of a mission. This is the first comprehensive, analytical history of the BLM and its struggle to find direction. James Skillen traces the bureau's course over three periods—its formation in 1946 and early focus on livestock and mines, its 1970s role as mediator between commerce and conservation, and its experience of political gridlock since 1981 when it faced a powerful antienvironmental backlash. Focusing on events that have shaped the BLM's overall mission, organization, and culture, he takes up issues ranging from the National Environmental Policy Act to the Sagebrush Rebellion in order to paint a broad picture of the agency's changing role in the American West. Focusing on the vast array of lands and resources that the BLM manages, he explores the complex and at times contradictory ways that Americans have valued nature. Skillen shows that, although there have been fleeting moments of consensus over the purpose of national forests and parks, there has never been any such consensus over the federal purpose of the public lands overseen by the BLM. Highlighting the perennial ambiguities shadowing the BLM's domain and mission, Skillen exposes the confusion sown by conflicting congressional statutes, conflicting political agendas, and the perennial absence of public support. He also shows that, while there is room for improvement in federal land management, the criteria by which that improvement is measured change significantly over time. In the face of such ambiguity—political, social, and economic—Skillen argues that the agency's history of limited political power and uncertain mission has, ironically, better prepared it to cope with the more chaotic climate of federal land management in the twenty-first century. Indeed, operating in an increasingly crowded physical and political landscape, it seems clear that the BLM's mission will continue to be marked by ambiguity. For historians, students, public administrators, or anyone who cares about American lands, Skillen offers a cautionary tale for those still searching for a final solution to federal land and resource conflicts. 
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373 SMITH, ANNICK & O'CONNOR, SUSAN (EDITORS); HUNTER, FREDERICKA & GLENNIE, IAN (PHOTO EDITORS). The Wide Open: Prose, Poetry, And Photographs Of The Prairie.
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln: 2008. First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
It is hard to love the high, cold plains of the American West. They are vast and harsh and demanding. And perhaps because they are so hard to love, prairies challenge the imaginative mind and the adventurous heart. The Wide Open reveals how some of the most interesting and accomplished writers and photographers in the country have met that challenge and given the genius of the prairie a vision and a voice. Their stories are as diverse as the tellers, ranging from fiction by Barry Lopez, Richard Ford, and William Kittredge, to the childhood histories of Mary Clearman Blew and Judy Blunt and the nonfiction narratives of Jim Harrison, Gretel Ehrlich, and Rick Bass. There are works by Native American prairie dwellers such as M. L. Smoker and James Welch and the photographic interpretations of Lee Friedlander, Lois Conner, and Geoffrey James. Personal or poetic, journalistic or scientific, these works eloquently attest to the prairie's abundance in all its human and natural variety, offering pictures as wide open and rich as the land they depict. Annick Smith is the author of several books, most recently In This We Are Native: On Going Away and Coming Home and Homestead. She is coeditor of the Montana anthology The Last Best Place and an award-winning story writer. Susan O'Connor, a philanthropist and arts advocate, is on the board of the American Prairie Foundation and is involved with other literary, environmental, and social justice nonprofit organizations. She lives in Missoula, Montana. Contributors: Rick Bass, Mary Clearman Blew, Judy Blunt, Lois Conner, David James Duncan, Gretel Ehrlich, Dan Flores, Richard Ford, Lee Friedlander, James Galvin, Ian Glennie, Jim Harrison, Richard Hugo, Fredericka Hunter, Geoffrey James, William Kittredge, Barry Lopez, Richard Manning, Peter Matthiessen, Thomas McGuane, Susan O'Connor, Annick Smith, M. L. Smoker, Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs, and James Welch. "Few things have defined the American experience as fully as the open prairie. In this volume, some of our very finest modern writers and photographers provide perhaps the most rounded view we've ever had of this great landscape and the enduring culture it gave rise to. A true gift, for people of every region."—Bill McKibben, author of The Bill McKibben Reader "The prairie is America's quintessential landscape. Its biography, movingly assembled here, is thus our story in all its heartbreaking beauty, its mystery, its tragedy."—Frederick Turner, author of Beyond Geography: The Western Spirit 
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374 SMITH, ROBERT BARR. Daltons!: The Raid On Coffeyville, Kansas.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 1999. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
In October 1892 the notorious Dalton gang concluded their days of outlawry at Coffeyville, Kansas, with a bold attempt to rob two banks at once in broad daylight. The raiders--Bob, Grat, and Emmett Dalton, Bill Powers, and Dick Broadwell - were nothing more than common hoodlums, says author Robert Barr Smith. The real heroes of the day were the townspeople, who spontaneously turned out in haste and in force to dispatch the outlaws in a bloody downtown shoot-out. Smith sorts out the truth from the legends and suggests answers to some of the perplexing questions about the Coffeyville fight - including whether or not there was a sixth man who got away. In addition, Smith recounts the violent aftermath of the fight: the trial and later life of Emmett Dalton, the only outlaw to survive the raid; and the bloody ends of the Dalton gang's successors, Bill Doolin and Bill Dalton. Robert Barr Smith, retired Colonel, United States Army, is Professor of Law, Director of Legal Research and Writing, and Adjunct Professor of Military Science at the University of Oklahoma. "This is undoubtedly the best, most reasoned, and comprehensive account of the Coffeyville raid yet written. - "---Robert K. DeArment, author of Alias Frank Canton "Another book about the Dalton Gang? Yes, and one of the best. [Daltons!] is an exceptionally well-researched and exciting account of the Gang's notorious raid on two banks in Coffeyville, Kan., on October 5, 1892. - "---Coffeyville Journal 
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375 SMITH, ROLAND. The Captain's Dog: My Journey With The Lewis And Clark Tribe.
Harcourt, Inc., Orlando: 2008. 0152026967 / 9780152026967 s Softcover. Brand new book. 
When he meets Captain Meriwether Lewis, the Newfoundland pup Seaman finds himself on a peth where he will make history, For ages 10 and up. 
Price: 4.99 USD
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376 SOUTHWELL, KRISTINA & REESE, JACQUELYN; BOREN, DAVID L. (FOREWORD). Guide To Photographs In The Western History Collections Of The University Of Oklahoma.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2014. Second Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The essential finding aid—fully updated—for one of the premier collections of American West photographs This guide has been compiled to make the photographs in the collections more accessible. The second edition adds descriptions of 165 new collections comprising 159,000 photographs. The 826 photograph collections that this guide thus details encompass Native American culture; frontier and pioneer life in Oklahoma and Indian territories; Wild West shows; the range cattle industry; the petroleum industry; and gunfighters, outlaws, and lawmen. New additions include the Lucille Clough Collection of 1,800 prints, postcards, and stereograph cards of American Indians and Alaska Natives, and First Peoples of Canada. 51 black and white Illustrations. Kristina L. Southwell is Associate Professor of Bibliography and Assistant Curator at the Western History Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries. Jacquelyn Reese is Librarian with the Western History Collections and Assistant Professor of Bibliography, University of Oklahoma. Rhodes Scholar David Boren, currently President of the University of Oklahoma, was the longest-serving chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. Throughout his three-decade career in elective politics as Governor and three-term U.S. Senator, Boren was known as a bipartisan reformer, championing efforts to make government more accountable to the American people. During his tenure in Washington, Boren crusaded for congressional campaign finance reform and stronger congressional oversight of secret intelligence programs. He sponsored legislation to declassify thousands of documents pertaining to the history of the CIA. Boren chaired the special 1992-93 Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress, which proposed making Congress more efficient and responsive by streamlining congressional bureaucracy, reducing staff sizes, and reforming procedures to end legislative gridlock. He authored the National Security Education Act in 1992 to provide scholarships for studying abroad and learning additional languages. Since the program's inception, more than 3,500 students have been given the opportunity to study abroad as Boren Scholars. The National Security Education Program is the largest international studies program created since adoption of the Fulbright scholarships. A 1963 graduate of Yale University, Boren received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1968. Prior to becoming President of the University of Oklahoma, he served for ten years as a Trustee of Yale. When Boren left the U.S. Senate in 1994 to become President of the University of Oklahoma, he had an approval rating of 9l percent after being reelected with 83 percent of the vote in 1990, the highest percentage in the nation in a U.S. Senate contest in that election year. Under Boren's leadership, the University of Oklahoma has emerged as a pacesetter in American public higher education, ranking first in the nation among public universities in the number of National Merit Scholars per capita. Total endowment has grown five-fold to more than $1 billion during the thirteen years of his presidency. A teacher at heart, Boren is in the classroom every semester leading a first-year course in political science. 
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377 SPRAGUE, MARGUERITE. Bodie's Gold: Tall Tales And True History From A California Mining Town.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2011. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The Bodie Mining District was established in 1860 after the discovery of gold deposits in the area. Bodie's largest boom ended just over twenty years later, but the town survived into the twentieth century supported by a few small but steady mines. Mining ended with World War II, and what remained of the town became a state park in 1964. In Bodie's Gold, author Marguerite Sprague uncovers the original sources of information whenever possible, from the first mining claims to interviews with former Bodieites. Enhanced with numerous historic photographs and extracts from newspapers of that period, as well as by the reminiscences of former residents, the book offers a fascinating account of life in a Gold Rush boomtown. Marguerite Sprague is a native Californian and she worked as a technical and marketing writer after graduating from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She currently lives in Northern California. "A good, informal social history of Bodie." -- True West "Bodie's Gold is a valuable and informative source, from Marguerite Sprague's preface to her extensive back matter. The book is a must-read for anyone who is planning a trip to Bodie or just wants to step back into California's gold rush era." —Ginger Wadsworth, New Mexico Historical Review "Most Bodie histories neglect two lesser-known groups of people—American Indians and Chinese—but Sprague weaves them into her story. She also covers Bodie's resurrection as a popular ghost town tourist destination. Also included is a fine collection of photographs that reveal Bodie's relatively brief boom, and its long decline. Four appendices round out this highly readable and informative book. —Richard Francaviglia, Journal of the West "Bodie's Gold is a lively reading and a vivid account of the life that once throbbed behind the now-closed doors and empty streets of California's official Gold Rush ghost town." —Doug Noble, Mountain Democrat 
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378 STAFF OF ABBEVILLE PRESS. Art Across America: The West 1992 Calendar.
Abbeville Press, New York: 1991. 1558591656 / 9781558591653 s Softcover. Fair condition. There are some stains. 
A calendar with 12 monthly depictions of the American West. 
Price: 3.33 USD
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379 STEVENSON, JOAN NABSETH. Deliverance From The Little Big Horn: Doctor Henry Porter And Custer's Seventh Cavalry.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2013. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Of the three surgeons who accompanied Custer's Seventh Cavalry on June 25, 1876, only the youngest, twenty-eight-year-old Henry Porter, survived that day's ordeal, riding through a gauntlet of Indian attackers and up the steep bluffs to Major Marcus Reno's hilltop position. But the story of Dr. Porter's wartime exploits goes far beyond the battle itself. In this compelling narrative of military endurance and medical ingenuity, Joan Nabseth Stevenson opens a new window on the Battle of the Little Big Horn by re-creating the desperate struggle for survival during the fight and in its wake. As Stevenson recounts in gripping detail, Porter's life-saving work on the battlefield began immediately, as he assumed the care of nearly sixty soldiers and two Indian scouts, attending to wounds and performing surgeries and amputations. He evacuated the critically wounded soldiers on mules and hand litters, embarking on a hazardous trek of fifteen miles that required two river crossings, the scaling of a steep cliff, and a treacherous descent into the safety of the steamboat Far West, waiting at the mouth of the Little Big Horn River. There began a harrowing 700-mile journey along the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers to the post hospital at Fort Abraham Lincoln near Bismarck, Dakota Territory. With its new insights into the role and function of the army medical corps and the evolution of battlefield medicine, this unusual book will take its place both as a contribution to the history of the Great Sioux War and alongside such vivid historical novels as Son of the Morning Star and Little Big Man. It will also ensure that the selfless deeds of a lone "contract" surgeon—unrecognized to this day by the U.S. government—will never be forgotten. 
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380 STILLSON, RICHARD T. Spreading The Word: A History Of Information In The California Gold Rush.
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln and London: 2008. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Spreading the Word examines the ways in which easterners who traveled West during the California gold rush of 1849-51 obtained, assessed, and used information. At the beginning of the gold rush the scarcity of information about westward travel posed serious problems for potential gold seekers in the East. Though most knew the trip was dangerous and that proper preparation could mean the difference between life and death, few had any practical knowledge of the vast deserts and mountains of the West or, for that matter, of how to mine gold. Information was produced quickly as newspapers, publishers, and businessmen hastened to cash in on gold fever, but much of it was unreliable, contradictory, and changed frequently. Richard T. Stillson follows several gold rush companies across the country, gleaning from their letters and diaries a sense of how they obtained information and evaluated its constantly changing sources, how they attempted to learn where gold was, and what they wrote home, thus providing information to the next wave of gold seekers. As the companies gained experience, they reassessed knowledge and developed new modes of determining the credibility of new information. By providing a historical context for assessing information and by viewing communication strategies as a core element of the gold rush itself, Stillson reveals a connection between media, myth, and reality in the formative years of the nation's most volatile region. Richard T. Stillson has PhDs in both economics and history and has published articles on the theory and history of information in financial markets. He teaches history at George Mason University. "Stillson undertook a difficult task to transform knowledge into a 'commodity' and then measure it. He promised a new perspective on the gold rush and provides it."—Robert J. Chandler, Journal of American History "Spreading the Word is an interesting and important study for the gold rush, California, and media historians. It is a significant fresh look at what many may consider an over examined subject. Stillson's research and methods are notable; his conclusions valid and logical. Most important are his contributions in showing how communication and technology, with its connection of media, myth, and reality, impacted society during the hazardous and exciting Gold Rush Era."—John D. Barton, Utah Historical Quarterly "[Stillson] provides a fascinating study that opens a new field for investigation and analysis in the history of both the American West and information dissemination. . . . Stillson provides an appreciation, not only of the difficulties of obtaining and using information by the goldrushers but also of the challenges of reconstructing the experience."—William E. Huntzicker, Journalism History "Richard Stillson has opened up a new vein in the historical excavation of the California gold rush. . . . Spreading the Word marshals its evidence with skill and provides a well-crafted account that contributes both to North American social history and to our historical understanding of changing forms of information and communication. It is equally valuable on both counts."—European Journal of Communication "This unique analysis of information providers and users during the California Gold Rush is a smart read. Much of what Stillson discusses relates to concerns of the media in the present day, especially in terms of prospectors trying to determine if the established media is credible or if they should be relying on 'local' reports, referred to today as citizen journalism. Stillson's book also includes useful appendixes to back up his intelligent, well-thought-out arguments. This book is a boon to the study of communications culture." —Meghan Saar, True West "Very valuable . . . the highest possible level of research, scholarly analysis, and . . . vivid and effective writing. Spreading the Word is a pioneering discussion of communications culture in the mid-nineteenth century."—Kevin Starr, Professor of History at the University of Southern California and author of California: A History and Coast of Dreams "This is truly an important addition to the scholarship of the California Gold Rush. Unlike other accounts, Richard Stillson examines the Gold Rush from the beginning, analyzing the information systems utilized by the 49ers to make decisions as they moved west. Spreading the Word is a case study of information and communications mechanisms in the United States during the mid-nineteenth century, and as such is a new and vital contribution in American social, cultural, and even technological history."—Robert Phelps, Associate Professor of History, California State University, East Bay 
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