American Studies

John Muir

Life and Work
Edited by Sally Miller

Moving beyond the preservationist/utilitarian dichotomy, these essays reveal the complexity of Muir's contribution, stressing the anthropomorphic, aesthetic, and recreational bases of his values. The insights of the historians, literary critics, philosophers, and scientists presented here provide readers with a greater appreciation for Muir's multidimensional personality and his contributions to the preservation movement.

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.

Signs from the Heart

California Chicano Murals
Edited by Eva CockcroftHolly Barnet-Sanchez

Four essays interpreting the historical, artistic, and educational significance of Chicano murals in California.

Taking the Wheel

Women and the Coming of the Motor Age
By Virginia Scharff

Scharff looks at women's struggles to be accepted as drivers.

Western Women

Their Land, Their Lives
Edited by Lillian SchlisselJanice MonkVicki L. Ruiz

These essays analyze and interpret studies on women's roles in the American West.

Edge of Taos Desert

An Escape to Reality
By Mabel Dodge Luhan

Autobiographical account describing Luhan's first months in New Mexico.

Mabel Dodge Luhan

New Woman, New Worlds
By Lois Palken Rudnick

The definitive biography of a cultural icon.

The Lost Land

The Chicano Image of the Southwest
By John R. Chávez

A fascinating intellectual history of Hispano self-perception, this book traces the changes in Hispano views of the Southwest from earliest times to the present, particularly since the 1848 signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

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