The Calvin P. Horn Lectures on Western History and Culture

No longer active, this lecture series began in the fall of 1985. Each year a well-known specialist on the American West would deliver a public lecture at the University of New Mexico on his/her specialty. The general topic of the lecture would then serve as a theme around which a few essays would be collected and published by UNM Press.

Global West, American Frontier

Travel, Empire, and Exceptionalism from Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression
By David M. Wrobel

Looking at both European and American travelers’ accounts of the West, from de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America to William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways, David Wrobel offers a counternarrative to the nation’s romantic entanglement with its western past and suggests the importance of some long-overlooked authors, lively and perceptive witnesses to our history who deserve new attention.

Kit Carson and His Three Wives

A Family History
By Marc Simmons

After almost four decades devoted to researching Kit Carson's personal life, Simmons provides information about Carson's family life, including as much as can be determined about his three wives.

Telling Western Stories

From Buffalo Bill to Larry McMurtry
By Richard W. Etulain

Narrates the evolution of the western story from the Civil War to the present, focusing on books, movies, and people.

Tonto's Revenge

Reflections on American Indian Culture and Policy
By Rennard Strickland

Strickland argues that Indians can better sustain their worldview through law and culture, by remaining true to their heritage, tradition, and spirituality.

The Way to the West

Essays on the Central Plains
By Elliott West

Elegantly assembles the environmental, social, cultural, political, and economic history of the Great Plains in the 19th century.

An Unsettled Country

Changing Landscapes of the American West
By Donald Worster

In these four essays, which were presented as the 1992 Calvin P. Horn Lectures in Western History and Culture, Donald Worster incisively discusses the role of the natural environment in the making of the West--and often in its unmaking and remaking.

Chicano Politics

Reality and Promise 1940-1990
By Juan Gómez-Quiñones

"Gómez-Quiñones sharply analyzes and interprets the past fifty years of the Movimiento . . . Anyone attempting to understand the unfolding political scenario of the '90s will find this an indispensable volume."— Choice

Myth and the History of the Hispanic Southwest

By David J. Weber

"As a major interpreter of the field's scholarship, Weber's works will become guides for the future writing of Spanish, Mexican, and nineteenth-century Mexican American history."— New Mexico Historical Review

Subjects: HistorySouthwest