Posts Tagged ‘History’


The Wild, Wild West

[ReviewAZON asin=”B00379R39M”]Wild About the West! Show your enthusiasm for the west and dress up your home’s decor with this elegant western wall clock. Perfect in the kitchen, or try it in the dining room, living room, office…anywhere you could use an artistic touch. It is printed on dense hardboard and packed in the U.S.A.[/ReviewAZON]

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

[ReviewAZON asin=”0805086846″]First published in 1970, this extraordinary book changed the way Americans think about the original inhabitants of their country. Beginning with the Long Walk of the Navajos in 1860 and ending 30 years later with the massacre of Sioux men, women, and children at Wounded Knee in South Dakota, it tells how the American Indians lost their land and lives to a dynamically expanding white society. During these three decades, America’s population doubled from 31 million to 62 million. Again and again, promises made to the Indians fell victim to the ruthlessness and greed of settlers pushing westward to make new lives. The Indians were herded off their ancestral lands into ever-shrinking reservations, and were starved and killed if they resisted. It is a truism that “history is written by the victors”; for the first time, this book described the opening of the West from the Indians’ viewpoint. Accustomed to stereotypes of Indians as red savages, white Americans were shocked to read the reasoned eloquence of Indian leaders and learn of the bravery with which they and their peoples endured suffering. With meticulous research and in measured language overlaying brutal narrative, Dee Brown focused attention on a national disgrace. Still controversial but with many of its premises now accepted, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee has sold 5 million copies around the world. Thirty years after it first broke onto the national conscience, it has lost none of its importance or emotional impact. –John Stevenson[/ReviewAZON]

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Frontiers: A Short History of the American West (The Lamar Series in Western History)

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Published in 2000 to critical acclaim, The American West: A New Interpretive History quickly became the standard in college history courses. Now Robert V. Hine and John Mack Faragher offer a concise edition of their classic, freshly updated. Lauded for their lively and elegant writing, the authors provide a grand survey of the colorful history of the American West, from the first contacts between Native Americans and Europeans to the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Frontiers introduces the diverse peoples and cultures of the American West and explores how men and women of different ethnic groups were affected when they met, mingled, and often clashed. Hine and Faragher present the complexities of the American West—as frontier and region, real and imagined, old and new. Showcasing the distinctive voices and experiences of frontier characters, they explore topics ranging from early exploration to modern environmentalism, drawing expansively from a wide range of sources. With four galleries of fascinating illustrations drawn from Yale University’s premier Collection of Western Americana, some published here for the first time, this book will be treasured by every reader with an interest in the unique saga of the American West.

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History Pockets: Moving West, Grades 4-6+

[ReviewAZON asin=”1557999023″]Bring history alive as students explore the past by making the interactive projects in History Pockets. Students store the projects in easy-to-make construction paper pockets. Each book contains: a reproducible pocket label; a bookmark of short, fun facts about the subject; an art reference page; a fact sheet of background information; arts and crafts projects; and writing activities. Evaluation forms are provided at the end of the book. Moving West includes: Introduction to Moving West; The New Frontier; Exploring the Wilderness; Missionaries at Work; On the Oregon Trail; The Native American Struggle; Settling the Far West; The Gold Rush; Homesteading the Great Plains; Building the Railroads. Grades 4-6[/ReviewAZON]

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