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The Mexican Frontier

The Mexican Frontier 1821 – 1846: The American Southwest Under Mexico©  1982 David Weber (University of New Mexico Press)440 pages In 1821, the people of Mexico declared their independence from Spain, recognizing that its Napoleonic straits meant that the mother … Continue reading

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The Other War of 1812

The Other War of 1812: The Patriot War© 2007 James Cusick398 pages If the War of 1812 rings any bells for most Americans, they may associate it with the creation of the Star-Spangled Banner, the national anthem whose lyrics no … Continue reading

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Death Comes for the Archbishop

Death Comes for the Archbishop© 1927 Willa Cather297 pages Poor New Mexico — so far from God, so close to the United States. The Pope can’t help the tide of American — and very Protestant — settlement that is sure … Continue reading

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O Pioneers!

O Pioneers!© 1913 Willa Cather230 pages The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman. Hannover, Nebraska, is a frontier town on the brink of failing, a temporary camp upon a wild landscape that … Continue reading

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The Scotch-Irish

The Scotch-Irish: A Social History© 1989 James Leyburn397 pages         Though they have long ceased to be a distinct ethnic group outside of Appalachia, for years the greatest non-English minority in the United States were the Scotch-Irish. … Continue reading

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Where the Red Fern Grows

Where the Red Fern Grows© 1961 Wilson Rawls245 pages “I suppose there’s a time in practically every young boy’s life when he’s affected by that wonderful disease of puppy love. I don’t mean the kind a boy has for the … Continue reading

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The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter ©  1850 Nathaniel Hawthorne 180 pages                    In 18thcentury Boston, a young woman stands upon the gallows in the center of town, facing down the contempt of the assembled mob. Having broken the … Continue reading

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Little House on the Prairie

© 1933 Laura Ingalls Wilder I would say that Little House on the Prairie brings back fond memories, but in truth the volume I remember so happily was Little House in the  Big Woods, which recounts author Laura Ingalls Wilder’s accounts of growing … Continue reading

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The Big Rock Candy Mountain

The Big Rock Candy Mountain© 1943 Wallace Stegner563 pages “The frontier is closed”, declared the US census board in 1890. The boundless west has been fenced in and taken, but Bo Mason isn’t satisfied to believe it. There must be opportunities … Continue reading

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