U.S. History

Prep School Cowboys

Ranch Schools in the American West
By Melissa Bingmann

“An engaging, well-researched account of the private schools that proliferated in the interwar years in the American Southwest. Bingmann does an excellent job of situating these schools in the context of the history of American education."—Lynn Dumenil, author of The Modern Temper: American Culture and Society in the 1920s

Edmund G. Ross

Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist
By Richard A. Ruddy

This first full-scale biography of Ross reveals his importance in the history of the United States.

The National Council on Indian Opportunity

Quiet Champion of Self-Determination
By Thomas A. Britten

In this book, the first study of the NCIO, historian Thomas A. Britten traces the workings of the council along with its enduring impact on the lives of indigenous people.

Railroad Empire across the Heartland

Rephotographing Alexander Gardner's Westward Journey
By James E. Sherow
Photographs by John R. Charlton

This book presents recent photographs by John R. Charlton of the scenes Alexander Gardner recorded, paired with the Gardner originals and accompanied by James E. Sherow’s discussion.

An Army Doctor on the Western Frontier

Journals and Letters of John Vance Lauderdale, 1864-1890
Edited by Robert M. Utley

This selection of Lauderdale’s writings, edited and annotated by a premier historian of the American West, offers an insightful account of army life that will teach readers much about the settlement and growth of the West in a time of rapid change.