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The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West By Peter Cozzens Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307948182
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Published: Vintage - September 5th, 2017

A broad narrative, like Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, that attempts a balanced look at the Indian Wars. "Although massacres occurred and treaties broken," he writes, "the federal government never contemplated genocide." Well written and plenty of reasons to weep.

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God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America By Louis S. Warren Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465015023
Published: Basic Books - April 4th, 2017

Well written and engaging history of the rise, spread and continued life of the Ghost Dance. Interestingly, Warren argues that the Native American adherents focused more on integrating with white American economy and used the Ghost Dance to maintain their native culture.

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Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River By John N. Maclean Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062944597
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Published: Custom House - June 1st, 2021

A family history, a river and the fine art of fly-fishing. John Maclean writes beautifully about the majestic beauty of the Blackfoot River, his family's history in the area and their separations... always returning to the land of A River Runs Through It. Maclean shows the influence of the areas we grow up in and how they shape our lives. Meditative and thoughtfully written.

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Jim Bridger: Trailblazer of the American West By Jerry Enzler Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780806168630
Published: University of Oklahoma Press - April 29th, 2021

A history book that can really be called a history. Full of new information about the amazing Jim Bridger and his world, evidence of a real love for the subject. Well researched, chronological  and brutally honest at times. One of those books that will be that will be a cornerstone book for some time. 

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The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States During Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 (Oxford History of the United States) By Richard White Cover Image
ISBN: 9780190053765
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 1st, 2019

Part of the award winning Oxford History of the United States... Amazing analysis of the reconstruction period of American history from social conditions in the South to the beginning of corporate greed in the North and the exploitation of resources in the West.