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  • Die with me

    Three new books about the West’s Indian wars – Ned Blackhawk’s Violence Over the Land, Kingsley Bray’s Crazy Horse: A Lakota Life, and Robert W. Larson’s Gall: Lakota War Chief – seem to romanticize a violent past.

  • How the West was really won

    Paul VanDevelder digs into the rotten core of the American experience in his new book, Savages & Scoundrels: The Untold Story of America's Road to Empire through Indian Territory.

  • Of populists and political fusion

    The last time the Democratic Party held its national convention in Denver was 100 years ago, when the Democratic presidential candidate was well-known Populist William Jennings Bryan.

  • Our best idea

    Our best idea

    A family trip out West in 1959, when he was 9 years old, inspired Dayton Duncan to make a new documentary series with Ken Burns, called The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

  • A geography of the imagination

    In Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, edited by Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney, 45 diverse writers define unusual geographical terms used across the country.

  • The Eastern Frontier

    The Eastern Frontier

    New York City is really the West, buried under time's wrapping.

  • Journey of Rediscovery: The living, breathing natives who made Lewis and Clark

    For all the heroism of their achievement, Lewis and Clark would not have survived without the help of the many Indian peoples they encountered across the West

  • Wandering into wolf territory

    In his book Vicious: Wolves and Men in America, Jon T. Coleman explores the history of how the wolf was slowly transformed from vermin to be cruelly slaughtered into a noble calendar pinup

  • Restoring a Presence: American Indians and Yellowstone National Park

    In Restoring a Presence, Peter Nabokov and Lawrence Loendorf shine a light on Yellowstone’s largely forgotten American Indian heritage

  • Pueblo Indian Agriculture

    In Pueblo Indian Agriculture, James A. Vlasich explores the American Indian farms along New Mexico’s Rio Grande, delving into their difficult history and their current modest revival

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