American West

European Immigrants in the American West

Edited by Frederick Luebke

An anthology of historical articles on European immigration to the American West in the 19th century.

New Views of Borderlands History

Edited by Robert Jackson

An ethnohistorical history of the Spanish Borderlands written by specialists in the history of each region.

Inhabited Wilderness

Indians, Eskimos, and National Parks in Alaska
By Theodore Catton

A history of the national parks in Alaska and how they protect the natural ecosystems while allowing certain populations to use the parks to maintain their cultural traditions.

Wide Ruins

Memories from a Navajo Trading Post
By Sallie Wagner

This lively memoir describes trading post life from 1938 to 1950 and the many changes experienced by Navajos and all Americans during and after World War II.

Lady's Choice

Ethel Waxham's Journals and Letters, 1905-1910
Edited by Barbara LoveFrances Love Froidevaux

A rich portrait of a woman's life in the American West of the early 1900s--a love story that reads like a novel.

San Antonio de Béxar

A Community on New Spain's Northern Frontier
By Jesús de la Teja

This award-winning history explores eighteenth-century San Antonio de Béxar, a struggling settlement on the periphery of Spain's North American frontier that eventually developed into modern San Antonio, Texas.

Andele, The Mexican-Kiowa Captive

A Story of Real Life Among the Indians
By J. J. Methvin

A captivity narrative that provides eyewitness accounts of the twilight years of Kiowa freedom on the Plains, and early reservation life.

Indians, Franciscans, and Spanish Colonization

The Impact of the Mission System on California Indians
By Robert JacksonEdward Castillo

This ethnohistory examines Indian life in the twenty-one missions Franciscans established in Alta California. In describing how the missions functioned between 1769 and 1848, the authors draw on previously unused sources to analyze change and continuity in Indian material culture and religious practices.

Desert Lawmen

The High Sheriffs of New Mexico and Arizona Territories, 1846-1912
By Larry D. Ball

The breadth and detail of Ball's study, which includes informative lists of sheriffs, legal hangings, and lynchings, makes this volume the definitive work on frontier law enforcement.

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.