The American West is rich in lore, cultural roots, and iconic images. The subject of countless movies, books, and songs, in many ways it embodies the American spirit. This lively two-volume set presents the stories of some of the most influential and representative Western icons-those that have captured the nation's imagination since the early days of westward exploration and that continue to do so within the environmental and technological frontier that is the modern West. This accessible treatment of the untamed enterprise of the 'Old West'-including cowboys, wild west shows, and gun battles-and the continued entrepreneurial imagination of the paradisical 'New West'-including environmentalists and the incorporation of national parks-elevates the reader's understanding of oft-romanticized subjcts and the conflicts and cultural changes that made them icons.
Narrative entries include:; Chief Joseph; George Armstrong Custer; Gold Rush; Winchester Model 1873; Frederic Remington; John Muir; Las Vegas; Bill Gates; Disneyland; Yellowstone National Park; Sierra Club With vibrant photos and descriptive sidebars, this comprehensive set is a must-have for students of American history and culture.
Gordon Morris Bakken is Professor of History at California State University, Fullerton. He has written and edited numerous books, articles, encyclopedia entries, and reviews. His vast body of published work includes Encyclopedia of Immigration and Migration in the American West (2006), Encyclopedia of Women in the American West (2003), and Where is the West? (2000).
Volume One: The Old West List of Photos Preface Introduction Timeline 1.Banditry in California, 1850-1875 2.Buffalo Bill Cody 3.Chief Joseph 4.Cowboys and Cowgirls 5.George Armstrong Custerth 6.Geronimo 7.Gold Rush to California 8.Hetch Hetchy 9.Mountain Men 10.John Muir 11.Annie Oakley 12.Frederic Remington 13.Rifles and Revolvers 14.Sacagawea 15.Yosemite 16.Brigham Young Volume Two: The New West Preface List of Photos 1.Eugene Biscailuz 2.Bozeman, MT 3.Disneyland 4.Female Political Icons of the West Politicians 5.Bill Gates 6.Howard Hughes 7.Indian Casinos 8.Las Vegas, NV 9.Ronald Reagan 10.Ann Richards 11.Sierra Club 12.Yellowstone National Park, Alexandra Kindell Selected Bibliography About the Editor and Contributors Index