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World of the American West : Arts to Housing and Community / Politics and Warfare to Science and

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From the Stetson hat to the Sand Creek Massacre, this illustrated, two-volume reference for high school and up offers about 230 entries on daily life in the Trans-Mississippi American West in the 19th century. While the book celebrates the mountain men and cowboys of the Wild West, it also pays attention to Native American issues, with entries on areas such as Native American agriculture and bison culture, Native American shamanism, and tribal religions and religious movements. Several entries offer facts on African Americans, Chinese immigrants, and slave labor. The section on family, gender, and race contains entries related to women such as childbirth, midwifery, women entrepreneurs, women’s labor, and women in politics and professions. Also of interest are entries on freak show and circus performers, beer and brewing, brothel life, medicine shows, and gaming. The entries are organized in thematic sections. Each section begins with an introduction, followed by alphabetical entries with cross-references and lists of print and nonprint resources. Many entries include sidebars or excerpts from primary documents. Volume 1 begins with an overview of the history of the region and a detailed year-by-year chronology from 1801 to 1901. This is followed by entries in sections on the arts, economics and work, fashion and appearance, food and drink, housing and community, and family, gender, and race. Volume 2 continues with thematic sections on politics and warfare, recreation and social customs, religion and beliefs, and science and technology. The final section presents excerpts from 12 primary documents, including legislation, oral histories, newspaper articles, research, and autobiographies. Each document includes a brief intro and cross-references to related entries. The reference is illustrated with b&w historical photos and illustrations. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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