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The West. Trans-Mississippi Region. Great Plains

  • The Archaeological Guide to Iowaby William E. Whittaker; Lynn M. Alex; Mary De La Garza

    University of Iowa Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Iowa has the reputation of being one big corn field, so you may be surprised to learn it boasts a rich crop of recorded archaeological sites as well?approximately 27,000 at last count. Some are spectacular, such as the one hundred mounds at Sny Magill in Effigy Mounds National Monument, while others consist of old abandoned farmsteads or small scatters... more...

  • Dubuque's Forgotten Cemeteryby Robin M. Lillie; Jennifer E. Mack

    University of Iowa Press 2015; US$ 27.50

    Atop a scenic bluff overlooking the Mississippi River and downtown Dubuque there once lay a graveyard dating to the 1830s, the earliest days of American settlement in Iowa. Though many local residents knew the property had once been a Catholic burial ground, they believed the graves had been moved to a new cemetery in the late nineteenth century in... more...

  • Covered Wagon Women, Volume 3by Kenneth L. Holmes; Susan Armitage

    UNP - Bison Books 2015; US$ 18.95

    The wagon trains to California greatly decreased in 1851 as reports of deadly cholera on the trail the year before and strikeouts in gold prospecting became known. Those who did go west?about 2,160 men and 1,440 women?tended toward Oregon's rich Willamette Valley because of a new federal land law that awarded a husband and wife a full section. Volume... more...

  • Covered Wagon Women, Volume 7by Kenneth L. Holmes; Shirley Anne Leckie

    UNP - Bison Books 2015; US$ 18.95

    Some of the women traveling west in the late 1850s were strong advocates of equal rights for their sex. On the trail, Julia Archibald Holmes and Hannah Keziah Clapp sensibly wore the ?freedom costume? called bloomers. In 1858 Holmes joined the Pikes Peak gold rush and was the first woman of record to climb the famous mountain.   Educator Hannah... more...

  • Covered Wagon Women, Volume 8by Kenneth L. Holmes; Maria Montoya

    UNP - Bison Books 2015; US$ 16.95

    The overland trails in the 1860s witnessed the creation of stage stations to facilitate overland travel. These stations, placed every twenty or thirty miles, ensured that travelers would be able to obtain grain for their livestock and food for themselves. They also sped up the process of mail delivery to remote Western outposts. Tragically, the easing... more...

  • Covered Wagon Women, Volume 9by Kenneth L. Holmes; Sherry L. Smith

    UNP - Bison Books 2015; US$ 16.95

    In their simplicity is their poignancy. On August 7, 1865, Mary Louisa Black noted in her journal that they were ?nooning on a nice stream in a valey in the mountains.? A day later she observed that one of the men in the overland expedition had ?buried an infant here yesterday?still born.? One can only imagine her emotional turmoil?she had buried... more...

  • Geschichte des Westensby Heinrich August Winkler

    C.H. Beck 2015; US$ 22.72

    Seit dem Ende des Kalten Krieges ist die Welt nicht übersichtlicher und auch nicht friedlicher geworden. Die Erweiterung und Krise der Europäischen Union, der 11. September, die Kriege in Afghanistan und Irak, die globale Finanzkrise, der ?arabische Frühling?, der Konflikt um die Ukraine und die Bedrohung durch den ?Islamischen Staat? ? das sind nur... more...

  • My Sixty Years on the Plainsby William T. Hamilton

    Skyhorse Publishing 2015; US$ 14.96

    In these days, when the experience of living right up against nature are fast becoming a thing of the past, the story is of special interest. The mountaineers as a class were unique. Life itself had little value in their estimation. They were adventurous and fearless men, who pushed the boundaries of what it meant to be alive and thought nothing of... more...

  • On the Edge of the Wildby Stephen Bodio; Paula Young Lee

    Skyhorse Publishing 2015; US$ 18.95

    “This book is a collage in essays about the kind of life I found worth living so far,? writes author Stephen J. Bodio. On the Edge of the Wild is a stunning collection that shares Bodio?s love for the country, wilderness, literature, and much more. With compelling stories about moving to Montana, treasured shotguns, and his absolute love of cooking,... more...

  • Jonathan Belcherby Michael C. Batinski

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    As early as the eighteenth century, New England's ministers were decrying public morality. Evangelical leaders such as Jonathan Edwards called for rulers to become spiritual as well as political leaders who would renew the people's covenant with God. The prosperous merchant Jonathan Belcher (1682-1757) self-consciously strove to become such a leader,... more...