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1 BAIRD, W. DAVID & GOBLE, DANNEY. Oklahoma: A History.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2008. First Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The only single-volume narrative history of Oklahoma for a general audience. The product of two of Oklahoma's foremost authorities on the history of the 46th state, Oklahoma: A history is the first comprehensive narrative to bring the story of the Sooner State to the threshold of its centennial. From the tectonic formation of Oklahoma's varied landscape to the recovery and renewal following the Oklahoma City bombing, this readable book includes both the well-known and the not-so-familiar of the state's people, events, and places. W. David Baird and Danney Goble offer fresh perspectives on such widely recognized history makers as Sequoyah, the 1889 Land Run, and the Glenn Pool oil strike. But they also give due attention to Black Seminole John Horse, Tulsa's Greenwood District, Coach Bertha Frank Teague's 40-year winning streak with the Byng Lady Pirates, and other lesser-known but equally important milestones. The result is a rousing, often surprising, and ever-fascinating story. Oklahoma history is an intricate tapestry of themes, stories, and perspectives, including those of the state's diverse population of American Indians, the land's original human occupants. An appendix provides suggestions for trips to Oklahoma's historic places and for further reading. Enhanced by more than 40 illustrations, including 11 maps, this definitive history of the state ensures that experiences shared by Oklahomans of the past will be passed on to future generations. W. David Baird is Dean of Seaver College and Howard A. White Professor of History at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. Danney Goble (1946-2007) was Professor of Classics at the University of Oklahoma. Baird and Goble, both Oklahoma natives, cowrote the high school textbook The Story of Oklahoma, 2nd edition. The first edition was named the Oklahoma History Book of the Year by the Oklahoma Historical Society. 
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2 BENDER, LIBBY; BRUNE, CARL & RAFFE, SCOTT. Oklahoma: A Portrait Of America.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2008. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
This collaborative work is an ode to the forty-sixth state, to its stereotypes and its surprises. Oklahoma is exactly as expected—and not. It is an old place, shaped by millennia of wind and rain and sun. Yet it is still a young and raw and evolving territory, a mosaic that morphed into a state just one hundred years ago. From the Native Americans who roamed the plains with the buffalo to the cowboys who came with the cattle, from the oil barons to the outlaws, the settlers and Sooners, the proud African Americans who believed this was their Paradise Found, and all the others who came from all directions to make a new life in this territory, all together form the very center of the United States. They are depicted here in 350 photographs, most of which are presented in full color. This is a portrait of Oklahoma. It is a portrait of us. Libby Bender is Vice President and Creative Director of Littlefield, a brand development agency. Graphic designer Carl Brune has designed and produced award-winning exhibition and collection catalogues along with more than seventy-five books. Scott Raffe is an award-winning professional photographer. 
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3 BERNARD, RICHARD M. The Poles In Oklahoma.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 1980. Newcomers to a New Land Series Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
In 1890, the University of Oklahoma Press published a ten-book series titled Newcomers to a New Land that described and analyzed the role of the major ethnic groups that have contributed to the history of Oklahoma. The series was part of Oklahoma Image, a project sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoma Library Association and made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In response to numerous requests, the University of Oklahoma Press has reissued all ten volumes in the series. Published unaltered from the original editions, these books continue to have both historical and cultural value for reasons the series editorial committee stated as well. "Though not large in number as compared to those in some states, immigrants from various European nations left a marked impact on Oklahoma's history. As in the larger United States, they worked in many economic and social roles that enriched the state's life. Indians have played a crucial part in Oklahoma's history, even to giving the state her name. Blacks and Mexicans have also fulfilled a special set of roles, and will continue to affect Oklahoma's future. The history of each of these groups is unique, well worth remembering to both their heirs and to other people in the state and nation. Their stories come from the past, but continue on the future." 
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4 BICHA, KAREL D. The Czechs In Oklahoma.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 1980. Newcomers to a New Land Series Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
In 1890, the University of Oklahoma Press published a ten-book series titled Newcomers to a New Land that described and analyzed the role of the major ethnic groups that have contributed to the history of Oklahoma. The series was part of Oklahoma Image, a project sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoma Library Association and made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In response to numerous requests, the University of Oklahoma Press has reissued all ten volumes in the series. Published unaltered from the original editions, these books continue to have both historical and cultural value for reasons the series editorial committee stated as well. "Though not large in number as compared to those in some states, immigrants from various European nations left a marked impact on Oklahoma's history. As in the larger United States, they worked in many economic and social roles that enriched the state's life. Indians have played a crucial part in Oklahoma's history, even to giving the state her name. Blacks and Mexicans have also fulfilled a special set of roles, and will continue to affect Oklahoma's future. The history of each of these groups is unique, well worth remembering to both their heirs and to other people in the state and nation. Their stories come from the past, but continue on the future." 
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5 BLESSING, PATRICK J. The British And Irish In Oklahoma.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 1980. Newcomers to a New Land Series Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
In 1890, the University of Oklahoma Press published a ten-book series titled Newcomers to a New Land that described and analyzed the role of the major ethnic groups that have contributed to the history of Oklahoma. The series was part of Oklahoma Image, a project sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoma Library Association and made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In response to numerous requests, the University of Oklahoma Press has reissued all ten volumes in the series. Published unaltered from the original editions, these books continue to have both historical and cultural value for reasons the series editorial committee stated as well. "Though not large in number as compared to those in some states, immigrants from various European nations left a marked impact on Oklahoma's history. As in the larger United States, they worked in many economic and social roles that enriched the state's life. Indians have played a crucial part in Oklahoma's history, even to giving the state her name. Blacks and Mexicans have also fulfilled a special set of roles, and will continue to affect Oklahoma's future. The history of each of these groups is unique, well worth remembering to both their heirs and to other people in the state and nation. Their stories come from the past, but continue on the future." 
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6 COOK, J. DON; GARNER, JAMES (FOREWORD). Shooting From The Hip: Photographs And Essays.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2011. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
An award-winning photojournalist celebrates the spirit and people of Oklahoma "Plunge into this wonderful book and be delighted by the luminous images of J. Don Cook. Some will make you cry; some will make you smile, but you will be moved." —James Garner In this heartfelt tribute to the spirit and people of Oklahoma, one of the state's most distinguished photojournalists shows that he is equally talented as a photographer and writer. Showcasing black-and-white photographs and fifty short essays, Shooting from the Hip portrays Oklahoma's people, animals, lifestyles, landscapes, and weather in all their diversity. Cowboys, kids, tornados, trucks, rattlesnakes, fiddlers—J. Don Cook has seen them all, and through his poignant essays, he allows us not only to see them but to understand them as he does. After a hardscrabble boyhood, Cook became a photographer at the age of twenty when he took a job with the Ada Evening News in southern Oklahoma. His first assignment was to photograph six abandoned puppies at the city dump—an apt foreshadowing of his career, for he has always been drawn to the poor, the disenfranchised, and the downtrodden. In addition to the brief essays that accompany his photographs, Cook shares some of his own life experiences in a moving introduction and epilogue. His unsparing account of some of the worst moments of his difficult youth and his meditations on how he used these hardships to become an artist can only be called inspirational. "At seven I didn't know any better," he writes, "and believed I had few choices. But I quickly learned to cope—to feint, to dodge, to hide, to read, to run, to survive, to make art—and I did it all, shooting from the hip." J. Don Cook, a resident of Oklahoma City, is an award-winning photojournalist, artist, poet, and business entrepreneur. Nominated three times for a Pulitzer Prize and named News Photographer of the Year seven times by the Oklahoma Press Association, his photographs have appeared in such magazines as National Geographic and Time. James Garner, the acclaimed film and television actor, is best known for his leading roles in the television series Maverick and the The Rockford Files. He is a native of Norman, Oklahoma. 
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7 DARY, DAVID. Stories Of Old-time Oklahoma.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Do you know how Oklahoma came to have a panhandle? Did you know that Washington Irving once visited what is now Oklahoma? Can you name the official state rock, or list the courses in the official state meal? The answers to these questions, and others you may not have thought to ask, can be found in this engaging collection of tales by renowned journalist-historian David Dary. Most of the stories gathered here first appeared as newspaper articles during the state centennial in 2007. For this volume Dary has revised and expanded them—and added new ones. He begins with an overview of Oklahoma's rich and varied history and geography, describing the origins of its trails, rails, and waterways and recounting the many tales of buried treasure that are part of Oklahoma lore. But the heart of any state is its people, and Dary introduces us to Oklahomans ranging from Indian leaders Quanah Parker and Satanta, to lawmen Bass Reeves and Bill Tilghman, to twentieth-century performing artists Woody Guthrie, Will Rogers, and Gene Autry. Dary also writes about forts and stagecoaches, cattle ranching and oil, outlaws and lawmen, inventors and politicians, and the names and pronunciation of Oklahoma towns. And he salutes such intellectual and artistic heroes as distinguished teacher and writer Angie Debo and artist and educator Oscar Jacobson, one of the first to focus world attention on Indian art. Reading this book is like listening to a knowledgeable old-timer regale his audience with historical anecdotes, "so it was said" tall tales, and musings on what it all means. Whether you're a native of the Sooner State or a newcomer, you are sure to learn much from these accounts of the people, places, history, and folklore of Oklahoma. 
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8 DUNBAR-ORTIZ, ROXANNE; DAVIS, MIKE (FOREWORD). Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2006. 0806137754 / 9780806137759 s Softcover. Brand new book. 
A classic in contemporary Oklahoma literature, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's Red Dirt unearths the joys and ordeals of growing up poor during the 1940s and 1950s. In this exquisite rendering of her childhood in rural Oklahoma, from the Dust Bowl days to the end of the Eisenhower era, the author bears witness to a family and community that still cling to the dream of America as a republic of landowners. "Red Dirt simply blew my socks off. This tough-minded, wonderfully evocative autobiography from the other end of Route 66 is nothing less than the secret history of poor white people in America."—Mike Davis, from the Foreword Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies at California State University, East Bay. She is the author of Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War, Roots of Resistance: Land Tenure in New Mexico, 1680—1980, and Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975. Mike Davis is Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. His most recent book is Planet of Slums. 
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9 FITZGERALD, DAVID (PHOTOGRAPHY); BURCHARDT, BILL (TEXT). Oklahoma.
Graphic Arts Center, Portland: 1979. 0912856572 / 9780912856575 Second Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. Gift inscription to previous owner appears on half-title paper. 
A unique and colorful portrayal of the natural beauty of the state and its rich heritage from days gone by. Takes you from the banks of the Cimarron to the Red River Valley, from rolling prairies to verdant pine forests and cedar glades, from the heights of Black Mesa to the tunnels of Alabaster Caverns. 
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10 FRANKLIN, JIMMIE LEWIS. The Blacks In Oklahoma.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 1980. Newcomers to a New Land Series Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
In 1890, the University of Oklahoma Press published a ten-book series titled Newcomers to a New Land that described and analyzed the role of the major ethnic groups that have contributed to the history of Oklahoma. The series was part of Oklahoma Image, a project sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoma Library Association and made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In response to numerous requests, the University of Oklahoma Press has reissued all ten volumes in the series. Published unaltered from the original editions, these books continue to have both historical and cultural value for reasons the series editorial committee stated as well. "Though not large in number as compared to those in some states, immigrants from various European nations left a marked impact on Oklahoma's history. As in the larger United States, they worked in many economic and social roles that enriched the state's life. Indians have played a crucial part in Oklahoma's history, even to giving the state her name. Blacks and Mexicans have also fulfilled a special set of roles, and will continue to affect Oklahoma's future. The history of each of these groups is unique, well worth remembering to both their heirs and to other people in the state and nation. Their stories come from the past, but continue on the future." 
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11 FRANKS, KENNY & LAMBERT, PAUL F. Oklahoma: The Land And Its People.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 1997. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
This A-to-Z treatment of Oklahoma history, geography, and lore features magnificent full-color contemporary photography throughout - along with intriguing historical black-and-whites. Region by region, the authors chronicle the varied landforms, along with the people from ancient times to today. Here are the major cities and the small towns, their stories, their colorful characters, the triumphs and tragedies, the dramas and comedies. Paul F. Lambert works as a consultant to the Chickasaw Nation and the Oklahoma Historical Society. He is the author or coauthor of thirteen books related to the history of Oklahoma and the petroleum industry. 
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12 FRATES, KENT F.; FLOYD, LARRY. Oklahoma Hiking Trails.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2010. First Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Oklahoma is well known as prime hunting and fishing territory, but red-dirt country also offers many opportunities for hiking, running, and off-road biking. Though trail guides for neighboring states abound, outdoorsmen Kent F. Frates and Larry Floyd found no such book for Oklahoma. The outcome of their collaboration, Oklahoma Hiking Trails, fills that void as the first comprehensive guidebook for the state. A welcome addition to the travel library of both locals and visitors, this illustrated guide extends a hearty welcome to hikers, bikers, runners, birders, campers, and photographers. For the amateur and expert alike, Oklahoma Hiking Trails covers trails accessible to the public across the state. This handy reference will take outdoor adventurers from Tulsa to Lawton and from Broken Bow to Boise City—and all points between. It includes such familiar sites as the Ouachita National Forest and the Wichita Mountains as well as lesser-known gems such as Black Mesa and the Oxley Nature Center. The authors also provide tips on how to prepare for any hiking adventure. Color photographs of trail sites identify landmarks to look for and highlight the natural diversity to be found along the state's hundreds of miles of public trails. Detailed maps, GPS coordinates, and clear directions ensure that the runner, biker, or hiker will get to the trail and stay on it. Each trail is rated easy, moderate, or strenuous. Providing a wealth of information to help you navigate your Oklahoma adventure, Oklahoma Hiking Trails offers big returns in a small, light-weight package ideal for your backpack. 
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13 GOBLE, DANNEY & CASSITY, MICHAEL. Divided Hearts: The Presbyterian Journey Through Oklahoma History.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2009. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Explores the intersection of church and state history. Guided by a penchant for self-reflection and thoughtful discussion, Presbyterians have long been pulled in conflicting directions in their perceptions of their shared religious mission—with a tension that sometimes divides hearts as well as congregations. In this first comprehensive history of the Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma, historians Michael Cassity and Danney Goble reveal how Oklahoma Presbyterians have responded to the demands of an evolving society, a shifting theology, and even a divided church. Beginning with the territorial period, Cassity and Goble examine the dynamics of Presbyterian missions among the Five Tribes in Indian Territory and explain how Presbyterians differed from other denominations. As they trace the Presbyterian journey, they examine the way Presbyterians addressed the evil of slavery and the dispossession of Oklahoma's Indians; the challenges of industrial society; the modern issues of depression, war, and racial injustice; and concerns of life and faith with which other Americans have also struggled. An insightful and independent history that draws upon firsthand accounts of congregations and church members across the state, Divided Hearts attests to the courage of Presbyterians in dealing with their struggles and shows a church very much at work—and at home—in Oklahoma. The late Danney Goble was Professor of Letters at the University of Oklahoma and the award-winning author or coauthor of eight books about Oklahoma and Oklahomans. A former history professor and university administrator, Michael Cassity is the author of three books and numerous articles. 
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14 GOINS, CHARLES R. & GOBLE, DANNEY; BOREN, DAVID L. (INTRODUCTION). Historical Atlas Of Oklahoma.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2006. Fourth Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The Historical Atlas of Oklahoma has been an indispensable reference for longer than four decades. Issued on the eve of the Oklahoma Centennial, this fourth edition of the atlas is much more than an updated version. Oklahoma authors Charles Robert Goins and Danney Goble are joined by seventeen contributing scholars (including natural and physical scientists) and other professionals to present 119 topics. To explore each, one or more maps with explanatory legends, tables, and graphs are paired with an interpretive essay. Created by cartographer James H. Anderson, more than 170 new maps—in full color—chart Oklahoma's rich and varied history and current population trends. Like earlier editions, the Atlas describes Oklahoma's landforms and natural resources and traces the state's geographic history from the earliest hunter-gatherer bands to today's mostly urban inhabitants. New to this edition are maps exploring additional aspects of the state's economy and its diverse society, politics, and culture, such as black history, women's experiences, and the musicians, writers, and other artists identified with the state. Reflecting the most up-to-date information as of 2005 from the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources, this new edition of the Historical Atlas of Oklahoma will be an invaluable resource for scholars, teachers, students, and any reader who wants to know more about the history of Oklahoma. Charles Robert Goins is Professor Emeritus of Regional and City Planning and Architecture in the College of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma. Danney Goble is Professor of Letters at the University of Oklahoma, is the author of several books about Oklahoma and Oklahomans. James H. Anderson is Manager of Cartography at the Oklahoma Geological Survey. David L. Boren, a former Oklahoma Governor and U.S. Senator, is currently President of the University of Oklahoma. 
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15 HALE, DOUGLAS. The Germans From Russia In Oklahoma.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 1980. Newcomers to a New Land Series Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
In 1890, the University of Oklahoma Press published a ten-book series titled Newcomers to a New Land that described and analyzed the role of the major ethnic groups that have contributed to the history of Oklahoma. The series was part of Oklahoma Image, a project sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoma Library Association and made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In response to numerous requests, the University of Oklahoma Press has reissued all ten volumes in the series. Published unaltered from the original editions, these books continue to have both historical and cultural value for reasons the series editorial committee stated as well. "Though not large in number as compared to those in some states, immigrants from various European nations left a marked impact on Oklahoma's history. As in the larger United States, they worked in many economic and social roles that enriched the state's life. Indians have played a crucial part in Oklahoma's history, even to giving the state her name. Blacks and Mexicans have also fulfilled a special set of roles, and will continue to affect Oklahoma's future. The history of each of these groups is unique, well worth remembering to both their heirs and to other people in the state and nation. Their stories come from the past, but continue on the future." 
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16 HIGHTOWER, MICHAEL J. Banking In Oklahoma Before Statehood.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2013. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
How storekeepers and merchant bankers advanced the territorial economy from barter to commerce. This lively book takes Oklahoma history into the world of Wild West capitalism. It begins with a useful survey of banking from the early days of the American republic until commercial patterns coalesced in the East. It then follows the course of American expansion westward, tracing the evolution of commerce and banking in Oklahoma from their genesis to the eve of statehood in 1907. Banking in Oklahoma before Statehood is not just a story of men sitting behind desks. Author Michael J. Hightower describes the riverboat trade in the Arkansas and Red River valleys and freighting on the Santa Fe Trail. Shortages of both currency and credit posed major impediments to regional commerce until storekeepers solved these problems by moving beyond barter to open ad hoc establishments known as merchant banks. Banking went through a wild adolescence during the territorial period. The era saw robberies and insider shenanigans, rivalries between banks with territorial and national charters, speculation in land and natural resources, and land fraud in the Indian Territory. But as banking matured, the better-capitalized institutions became the nucleus of commercial culture in the Oklahoma and Indian Territories. To tell this story, the author blends documentary historical research in both public and corporate archives with his own interviews and those that WPA field-workers conducted with old-timers during the New Deal. Bankers were never far from the action during the territorial period, and the institutions they built were both cause and effect of Oklahoma's inclusion in national networks of banking and commerce. The no-holds-barred brand of capitalism that breathed life into the Oklahoma frontier has remained alive and well since the days of the fur traders. As one knowledgable observer said in the 1980s, "You've always had the gambling spirit in Oklahoma." Michael J. Hightower is an independent historian and principal researcher for the Oklahoma Bank and Commerce History Project of the Oklahoma Historical Society. He is the author of "The Pattersons". 
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17 JOYCE, DAVIS D. (EDITOR). Alternative Oklahoma: Contrarian Views Of The Sooner State.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2007. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Contrarian Sooner views of Oklahoma history. How many of us really know every side to Oklahoma's past and present? In this companion to his previous volume, "An Oklahoma I Had Never Seen Before," Davis D. Joyce presents fourteen essays that interpret Oklahoma's unique populist past and address current political and social issues. Joyce invited scholars and political activists to speak their minds on subjects ranging from gender, race, and religion to popular music, the energy industry, and economics. These decidedly contrarian Sooner voices reflect the progressive, libertarian, and even radical viewpoints that influenced the state's creation. Contributors talk of growing up "Okie and radical," of the legacy of Woody Guthrie in the Red Dirt music scene, and of the Sunbelt Alliance that helped to stop the building of the Black Fox nuclear power plant. They look back at Oklahoma City's role in the early civil rights sit-in movement and at an Oklahoman's experience with Vietnam Veterans Against the War. They consider religion outside the mainstream—and everyday women squarely within these unique expressions of faith. In assembling these engaging essays about Oklahoma and its past, Joyce calls on the alternative approach to history championed by Howard Zinn and also invokes Oklahoman Paul Harvey in offering us "the rest of the story." Alternative Oklahoma urges an honest alternative exploration of the state's diverse past. It's an Oklahoma history that takes into account the overlooked and the left behind and contributes to a more open political dialogue in a state too often dismissed as unquestionably "red." Davis D.Joyce, Professor of History at East Central University, Ada , Oklahoma , served from 1994 to 1996 as Soros Professor of American Studies at Kossuth University in Hungary. He is the author of Edward Channing and the Great Work and History and Historians: Some Essays, editor of A History of the United States by Edward Channing, and coauthor of United States History: A Brief Introduction for Hungarian Students (with Tibor Glant) and The Writing of American History, also published by the University of Oklahoma Press. Twice elected to the U.S. Senate from Oklahoma, Fred Harris is now Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including his most recent novel, Following the Harvest. 
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18 KATES, SUSAN; ASKEW, RILLA (FOREWORD) Red Dirt Women: At Home On The Oklahoma Plains.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2013. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Thought-provoking essays explore the lives of contemporary Oklahoma women. For many people who have never spent time in the state, Oklahoma conjures up a series of stereotypes: rugged cowboys, tipi-dwelling American Indians, uneducated farmers. When women are pictured at all, they seem frozen in time: as the bonneted pioneer woman stoically enduring hardship or the bedraggled, gaunt-faced mother familiar from Dust Bowl photographs. In Red Dirt Women, Susan Kates challenges these one-dimensional characterizations by exploring—and celebrating—the lives of contemporary Oklahoma women whose experiences are anything but predictable. In essays both intensely personal and universal, Red Dirt Women reveals the author's own heartaches and joys in becoming a parent through adoption, her love of regional treasures found in "junk" stores, and her deep appreciation of Miss Dorrie, her son's unconventional preschool teacher. Through lively profiles, interviews, and sketches, we come to know pioneer queens from the Panhandle, rodeo riders, casino gamblers, roller-derby skaters, and the "Lady of Jade"—a former "boat person" from Vietnam who now owns a successful business in Oklahoma City. As she illuminates the lives of these memorable Oklahoma women, Kates traces her own journey to Oklahoma with clarity and insight. Born and raised in Ohio, she confesses an initial apprehension about her adopted home, admitting that she felt "vulnerable on the open lands." Yet her original unease develops into a deep affection for the landscape, history, culture, and people of Oklahoma. The women we meet in Red Dirt Women are not politicians, governors' wives, or celebrities—they are women of all ages and backgrounds who surround us every day and who are as diverse as Oklahoma itself. Susan Kates is Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is the author of Activist Rhetorics and American Higher Education, 1885-1937. Rilla Askew, born and raised in eastern Oklahoma, is also the award-winning author of two novels, The Mercy Seat (PEN/Faulkner nominee, Oklahoma Book Award, and Western Heritage Award), and Fire in Beulah (American Book Award and Myers Book Award). She teaches creative writing at the University of Oklahoma and lives in Oklahoma and New York. 
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19 KLEIN, JAMES E. Grappling With Demon Rum: The Cultural Struggle Over Liquor In Early Oklahoma.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2008. First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Social classes collide over morality and social propriety in a brand-new state. Well before the Volstead (or National Prohibition) Act of 1919, Oklahoma was dry. Oklahomans banned liquor at their state's inception in 1907 and maintained the ban even after the repeal of national prohibition. In this book, James E. Klein examines the social and cultural conflicts that led Oklahomans to outlaw liquor and discusses the economic and political consequences of the ban. Grappling with Demon Rum identifies who favored and who opposed prohibition, showing that its proponents were largely middle-class citizens who disdained public drinking establishments and who sought respectability for a young state still considered a frontier society. Klein tells how the Oklahoma Anti-Saloon League orchestrated a dry campaign to raise moral standards, reduce crime, and improve the quality of life, twice convincing voters to support prohibition.Going beyond the usual evangelical-versus-ritualist, rural-versus-urban, and ethnocultural oppositions used by other historians to explain prohibition, Klein shows that Oklahoma's immigrant and Catholic populations were too small to account for those voting against the measure—or for the large customer base that supported bootleggers. He points instead to the large number of working-class Oklahomans who patronized saloons, whether legal or not, and focuses on class conflict in early efforts to control alcohol. He also describes the trials of enforcement officers who worked to plug leaks in statewide and later national prohibition. A cultural and social history of liquor in early Oklahoma, Grappling with Demon Rum provides a fresh look at crusaders against vice at the regional level. In portraying this conflict between middle- and working-class definitions of social propriety, Klein provides new insight into forces at work throughout America during the Progressive Era. James E. Klein is Assistant Professor of History at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. 
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20 LA VERE, DAVID. Looting Spiro Mounds: An American King Tut's Tomb.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2007. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
How an ancient North American civilization was plundered in the twentieth century. When a group of relic hunters drove their picks into a lost Indian burial crypt in eastern Oklahoma in 1935, they unearthed a vast treasure trove of Mississippian art—considered by many at the time to be America's answer to King Tut's Tomb. They also ignited a controversy that continues to have repercussions throughout archaeological and American Indian communities. The Spiro Mounds contained some of the most impressive pre-Columbian Indian art ever found. In Looting Spiro Mounds, David La Vere takes readers behind the scenes of this discovery to re-create a Great Depression-era archaeological adventure worthy of Indiana Jones. The looting of the mounds is considered one of the major archaeological tragedies of all time. Today Spiro artifacts are scattered among the world's museums, with some still circulating in the antiquities market and eagerly snatched up by collectors. La Vere weaves a compelling story of grave robbers and lost treasures as he pieces together the puzzle of the civilization that thrived at Spiro from A.D. 800 to 1450. He plumbs the mystery of why the people of Spiro abandoned the site, leaving behind their treasures but no forwarding address. Looting Spiro Mounds explains what the continuing mystique of Spiro artifacts is all about as the book uncovers a controversy—and a mystery—that lives on to this day. David La Vere is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and author of the award-winning Contrary Neighbors: Southern Plains and Removed Indians in Indian Territory. "This is one of the most riveting stories I've ever read. Every Oklahoman and every student of Indian history will be richer for reading this gripping and detailed account of the looting of Spiro Mounds."—D. L. Birchfield, author of Black Silk Handkerchief: A Hom-Astubby Mystery 
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