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1805, The Weippe Encounter
1805, Pomp and the Corps of Discovery
1809, Meriwether Lewis Slain
1837, Smallpox Epidemic on the Northern Plains
1842, Dinosaurs Discovered
1865, The Last Battle of the Civil War
1867, Medicine Lodge Treaty Signed
1872, Fighting Terrorism on the Frontier
1872, Yellowstone National Park Established
1885, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
1929, Bonnie McCarroll's Last Ride
1961, The Berlin Wall
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A Good Camp
Gold Mines of Julian and the Cuyamacas
by Leland Fetzer
An informal and engaging history of San Diego's own Gold Rush. A Good Camp takes readers through the history of this unique mining region, whose quartz veins once yielded millions of dollars worth of gold; from the first meager strikes to the big discoveries, and on to the eventual bust times for Julian, Banner, and surrounding areas. Leland Fetzer briefly explains the geology of the area, and describes mining and milling as it really was at the most productive mines, including the Stonewall and Ranchita..
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Beaten Down
A History of Interpersonal Violence in the West 
by David Peterson Del Mar
Broad in its chronological and cultural sweep, Beaten Down examines interpersonal violence in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia beginning with Native American cultures before colonization and continuing into the mid-twentieth century. It contrasts the disparate ways of practicing and punishing interpersonal violence on each side of the U.S.-Canadian border. 
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On Aggression (1973)

Down the Great Unknown
John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon
by Edward Dolnick
The story of John Wesley Powell's expedition to resolve the "last great mystery" of the American West. Drawing on diaries and journals, Edward Dolnick presents a beautifully written history that's enthusiastic, rigorous, painterly, and gloriously free of both pedantry and hyperbole.
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Elliott Coues
Naturalist and Frontier Historian
by Paul Russell Cutright and Michael J. Brodhead
Best known as the author of the pioneering Key to North American Birds, Elliott Coues (1842-99) was one of America's most renowned but least understood ornithologists and historians–as well as a naturalist, anatomist, taxonomist, writer and editor, Army surgeon on the American frontier, occultist, and the youngest person ever to become a member of the National Academy of Sciences. 
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From the Ganges to the Snake River
An East Indian in the American West. 
by Debu Majumdar
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Debu Majumdar was born and raised on the banks of India's Ganges River. Coming to America in his early twenties, he lived in the Eastern United States before moving to Idaho Falls, Idaho, in 1980. Debu quickly discovered that Southeast Idaho is a very different culture from anything he had previously experienced.  In this collection of essays which span two decades in the West, Debu deals with a variety of topics-from fishing, hunting and horses, to the Fourth of July, Mormon missionaries and Native Americans. 
Fluid Arguments
Five Centuries of Western Water Conflict
edited by Char Miller


Girls Think of Everything
Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
by Catherine Thimmesh
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Ten women and two girls are given a few pages each. Included are Mary Anderson, who invented the windshield wiper (after she was told it wouldn't work); Ruth Wakefield, who, by throwing chunks of chocolate in her cookie batter, gave Toll House cookies to the world; and young Becky Schroeder, who invented Glo-paper because she wanted to write in the dark. 
Incredible Inventions

101 Inventions That Changed the World

The Inca World
The Development of Pre-Columbian Peru, A.D. 1000-1534
by Laura Laurencich Minelli (Editor)
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The development of the Inca Empire was complex and often paradoxical. This lavishly illustrated volume, based on extensive archaeological research and Spanish colonial documentation, provides important insights into many questions and contradictions regarding the Inca Empire.
Landscape of the Spirits
Hohokam Rock Art at South Mountain Park 
by Todd W. Bostwick
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The first book to cover ancient images in Phoenix's South Mountains, conveying the range of rock art elements and compositions--animals, humans, and geometric shapes, as well as celestial and calendrical markings at key sites--through accurate descriptions, drawings, and photographs. Interpretations of the petroglyphs are based on Native American ethnographic accounts and consider the most recent theories concerning shamanism and archaeoastronomy.
Of Stones and Spirits: Pursuing the Past of Antelope Hill

Guide to Rock Art of the Utah Region
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The Lewis and Clark Trail
Then and Now
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent and William Munoz
When the Lewis and Clark expedition departed on its voyage of exploration in May of 1804, the region of North America west of the Mississippi River was a blank spot on the map. Lewis and Clark were to fill it in with rivers and mountains, Indian tribes, and animals new to European Americans. Today the West is a completely different place from what it was two hundred years ago. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent and photographer William Muñoz capture the contrast between the American West then and now.
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new, used and out of print histories

The Way to the Western Sea : Lewis and Clark Across the Continent

Sacajawea (1981)

The Founder of Christianity
by Gerd Ludemann
New Testament scholar Gerd Ludemann continues his exploration of the life and teaching of Paul in this groundbreaking monograph, which synthesizes the research of his earlier books on Christianity's leading apostle. Ludemann comes to the conclusion that Paul should be considered not only Christianity's most influential proselytizer, but in truth deserves the title of the founder of the religion that ostensibly originated with Jesus of Nazareth. order online
The Prophet from Nazareth (1968)

Paul the Leader (1984)

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Three Years on the Plains:
Observation of Indians, 1867-1870 (The Western Frontier Library, 66)
by Edmund B. Tuttle
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True Tales of the Wild West
by Paul Robert Walker
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This collection of true tales by a noted storyteller presents a lively, historically accurate picture of America’s Wild West. Period images and quotes draw readers into each tale. Kids set out with Lewis and Clark in search of a route to the Pacific; join Narcissa Whitman and Eliza Spalding, the first white women to cross the Rocky Mountains; ride with the Pony Express; shoot it out with the Earps and the Clantons; head north to strike it rich in the Klondike; and share all kinds of other exciting adventures as Americans push westward. Arranged chronologically, the unfolding tales give readers an entertaining history of the American West.
Mountain Scouting
A Handbook for Officers and Soldiers on the Frontiers 
by Edward S. Farrow, Jerome A. Greene 
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First published in 1881, this handbook was written for novice U.S. Army soldiers on the frontier, describing how to care for their horses, shoot accurately with their rifles, fix broken bones, and ward off diseases and ailments.
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On the Rez 
by Ian Frazier 
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South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is one of the poorest places in America. Frazier chronicles daily life on the rez, and the search for modern-day heroes.
Photo Odyssey
Solomon Carvalho's Remarkable Western Adventure 1853-54 
by Arlene B. Hirschfelder 
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In 1853 explorer Colonel John Charles Frmont invited photographer and fine artist Solomon Nunes Carvalho to accompany his fifth, and final, western expedition. As the official photographer, Carvalho documented the trip from the Mississippi River to Utah with daguerreotypes -- a unique and often unwieldy form of photography that produces images on large silver plates. 
Racial Frontiers
Africans, Chinese, and Mexicans in Western America, 1848-1890
by Arnoldo Deleon
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Once neglected, racial minorities are now the focus of intense interest among historians of the American West, who have come to recognize the roles of African American, Chinese, and Mexican people in shaping the frontier. Racial Frontiers is both a highly original work, particularly in its emphasis on racial minority women, and a masterful synthesis of the literature in this young field. 
new, used and out of print histories

When and Where I Enter... The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America

The World in a Box
The Story of an Eighteenth-Century Picture Encyclopedia 
by Anke Te Heesen
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This is a book about a box that contained the world. The box was the Picture Academy for the Young, a popular encyclopedia in pictures invented by preacher-turned-publisher Johann Siegmund Stoy in eighteenth-century Germany. Children were expected to cut out the pictures from the Academy, glue them onto cards, and arrange those cards in ordered compartments--the whole world filed in a box of images. 
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The Golden Encyclopedia (1946)

Yukon Alone
The World's Toughest Adventure Race 
by John Balzar 
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Journalist John Balzar documents the running of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a grueling 1,000-mile trek.

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