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Oklahoma History



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Oklahoma: A History

By W. David Baird

W David Baird
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Oklahoma: A History
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The product of two of Oklahoma’s foremost authorities on the history of the 46th state, Oklahoma: A History is the first comprehensive narrative to bring the story of the Sooner State to the threshold of its centennial.

From the tectonic formation of Oklahoma’s varied landscape to the recovery and renewal following the Oklahoma City bombing, this readable book includes both the well-known and the not-so-familiar of the state’s people, events, and places. W. David Baird and Danney Goble offer fresh perspectives on such widely recognized history makers as Sequoyah, the 1889 Land Run, and the Glenn Pool oil strike. But they also give due attention to Black Seminole John Horse, Tulsa’s Greenwood District, Coach Bertha Frank Teague’s 40-year winning streak with the Byng Lady Pirates, and other lesser-known but equally important milestones. The result is a rousing, often surprising, and ever-fascinating story.

Oklahoma history is an intricate tapestry of themes, stories, and perspectives, including those of the state’s diverse population of American Indians, the land’s original human occupants. An appendix provides suggestions for trips to Oklahoma’s historic places and for further reading. Enhanced by more than 40 illustrations, including 11 maps, this definitive history of the state ensures that experiences shared by Oklahomans of the past will be passed on to future generations.

Oklahoma: A History of Five Centuries

By Arrell M. Gibson

University of Oklahoma Press
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Oklahoma: A History of Five Centuries
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For anyone who wants to know more about the Sooner State

The drama and excitement of the Oklahoma story unfold in this comprehensive history covering prehistory, Spanish and French exploration, the removal of Indian tribes to what the federal government called Indian Territory, and the modern period of state politics and economic development. Gibson informs his readers with refreshing candor: betrayal of the Indians, racism, and political corruption are told in their entirety.

Later chapters tell of the vibrant modern period, when Oklahoma politics became more sophisticated, the state’s economic base expanded as industry moved to the Sun Belt, and the humanities and the arts were advanced with increasing appreciation of the state’s rich Indian heritage.

Enlivened by numerous illustrations and maps, this volume is a valuable resource for teachers, students, historians, and anyone who wants to know more about the Sooner State.

An Oklahoma I Had Never Seen Before: Alternative Views of Oklahoma History

By Davis D. Joyce

Brand: University of Oklahoma Press
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An Oklahoma I Had Never Seen Before: Alternative Views of Oklahoma History
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After taking Davis D. Joyce’s course in Oklahoma history, a student once said, “I saw an Oklahoma I’d never seen before.”

“This is a splendid collection of writings in the true spirit of a ‘people’s history’. It begins with a delightful, wry overlook at Oklahoma by George Milburn, and goes on to tell about the state in way rarely seen in traditional histories. There are accounts of progressivism, of socialism, of labor radicalism, of Indian resistance, of black struggle against segregation, of women’s campaigns for abortion rights. It includes fascinating portraits of people, some famous, some obscure, who were engaged in these struggles. I hope this become a model for similar volumes on other states.”–Howard Zinn, author of People’s History of the United States.

Contents: “Oklahoma,” George Milburn; “The Difficulty of Celebrating an Invasion, “Jerald C. Walker;“Progressivism in Oklahoma Politics, 1900-1913: A Reinterpretation,” Kenny L. Brown;“Kate Barnard, Progressivism, and the West,” Suzanne J. Crawford and Lynn R. Musslewhite; “’In Death You Shall not Wear It Either’: The Persecution of Mennonite Pacifists in Oklahoma,” Marvin E. Kroeker;“She Never Weakened: The Heroism of Freda Ameringer,” John Thompson; “Wobblies in the Oilfields: The Suppression of the Industrial Workers of the World in Oklahoma,” Nigel sellars; “The Road Once Taken: Socialist Medicine in Southwestern Oklahoma,” Alana Hughes;  “Woody Guthrie: The Oklahoma Years, 1912-1929,” Harry Menig;  “The  New Deal Comes to Shawnee,” Dale E.Soden; “The Social Gospel of Nicholas Comfort,” Bob Cottrell; “Behold the Walls,” Clara Luper;  “The Case of  the Deerslayer,”  Stan Steiner; “Black Oklahoma and Sense of place ,” Jimmie L. Franklin; “The Southern Influence on Oklahoma ,” Danney Goble; “The Creation of an Oklahoma Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights: A Presonal/Historical Essay” Carole Jane Joyce; “Violence and Oppression of Women in Rural Oklahoma,”  Elizabeth D. Barlow; “Oklahoma’s Gay Liberation Movement,” Thomas E. Guild, Joan Luxenburg, and Keith Smith; “Even Among the Sooners, There Are More Important Things than Football,” Alan Ehrenhalt.

In revealing an Oklahoma many have never seen, this book can remind Oklahoma citizens of changes yet to be made, show how to mark them, and (perhaps most important of all) inspire them to do the job.

Little Known Tales in Oklahoma History

By Alton Pryor

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The Oklahoma Land Rush was a madhouse scene that brought both smiles and heartache to its participants. There is also the wonderful story about Cherokee Indian Lewis Ross who drilled for water but failed. He wasn’t disappointed though, as he struck oil instead. Then there’s the wild and woolly No-Man’s land in the Oklahoma Panhandle where outlaws could hide without fear of the law. There was no law. No history of Oklahoma would be complete without a run-down on its favorite son, the ever-humorous Will Rogers.

Oklahoma Scoundrels: History’s Most Notorious Outlaws, Bandits & Gangsters (True Crime)

By Robert Barr Smith & Laurence J. Yadon

The History Press
Released: 2016-11-07
Paperback (128 pages)

Oklahoma Scoundrels: History’s Most Notorious Outlaws, Bandits & Gangsters (True Crime)
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Early Oklahoma was a haven for violent outlaws and a death trap for deputy U.S. marshals. The infamous Doolin gang's OK Hotel gunfight left five dead. Killers like Bible-quoting choir leader Deacon Jim Miller wreaked havoc. Gunslinger femme fatale Belle Starr specialized in horse theft. Wannabe outlaws like Al Jennings traded train robbing for politics and Hollywood films. And Elmer McCurdy's determination and inept skill earned him a carnival slot and the nickname "the Bandit Who Wouldn't Give Up." Historians Robert Barr Smith and Laurence J. Yadon dispel myths surrounding some of the most significant lawbreakers in Sooner history.

The History of Oklahoma

By Arrell M. Gibson

Brand: University of Oklahoma Press
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The History of Oklahoma
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Oklahoma’s past unfolds from the prehistoric residency of Clovis man and Folsom man and the Spanish and French explorations in the early historic period through the removal of many tribes to Indian Territory, the Civil War period, and the progress of the Territory toward statehood. In this book for young readers, Gibson writes with refreshing candor. Betrayal of the Indians, racism, and political corruption are honestly told. At the same time, the achievements of the state and its people are related with pride as the story advances through the early years of statehood and the hardships of opening pioneer farms, building new towns, and coping with drought, the Great Depression, two world wars, and the early oil boom.

Oklahoma History Early History through Statehood: Student Edition (Volume 2)

By Jake Henderson

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Oklahoma History Early History through Statehood: Student Edition (Volume 2)
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Reading Through History is pleased to present Oklahoma History: Volume One. This is the Student Edition of Volume One. It includes over 140 pages of student activities related to the major figures and events in Oklahoma History from exploration to statehood. The workbook is divided into six complete units. Every Oklahoma History teacher should be eager to have these workbooks in students hands. This resource manual is sure to be a perfect fit for any classroom, whether it be elementary school, middle school, or high school. There are 29 reading lessons in all, and each has several pages of student activities to accompany the reading, including multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary exercises, and student response essay questions. Topics include the early exploration of the region, the Five Civilized Tribes, the Trail of Tears, the Civil War in Indian Territory, Indian Territory during the Old West era, the land run, pioneer life, and statehood. There is also a focus on major figures such as Sequoyah, John Ross, Elias Boudinot, Stand Watie and many more. Oklahoma History: Volume One also highlights Oklahoma geography, including mountain ranges and rivers. 13 different map assignments will help students gain an understanding of the state’s topography.

Ghosts and Legends of Oklahoma

By Mike Ricksecker

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
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Ghosts and Legends of Oklahoma
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Explore the paranormal history of Oklahoma through its colorful ghost stories and legends, as well as through the eyes of a renowned paranormal team. Have drinks with outlaw ghosts in an old saloon and tip your hat to the lady spirits upstairs in the bordello. Discover why several professional basketball players fear a hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. Learn about an alternate ending to the life of Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Follow the atlas and investigate the famous Stone Lion Inn, the 101 Ranch, Overholser Mansion, and other historic haunted locales throughout the state. This spine-tingling cross-section of Oklahoma's history includes dozens of tales of Native Americans, the Civil War, famous outlaws, Wild West shows, oil boomtowns, railroad legends, deadly tornados, and historic Route 66. Haunted Oklahoma awaits you!

Lost Mines and Buried Treasures of Oklahoma

By W. C. Jameson

W C Jameson
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Lost Mines and Buried Treasures of Oklahoma
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The numerous tales and legends related to lost mines and buried treasures in Oklahoma are often supported by documentation. The stories included in this book are most compelling because they offer chances of recovery. Though obscured by the passage of many decades since they were originally hidden or lost, these elusive treasures nevertheless continue to tempt the adventurous, the committed, the passionate.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

By David Grann

Grann David
Released: 2017-04-18
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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   -  NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST  -  AMAZON EDITORS' PICK FOR THE BEST BOOK OF 2017 

"Disturbing and riveting...It will sear your soul." Dave Eggers, New York Times Book Review

Shelf Awareness’s Best Book of 2017

Named a best book of the year by Wall Street Journal, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, NPR's Maureen Corrigan, NPR's "On Point", Vogue.com, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Library Journal, Paste, Book Browse

From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history

       
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
      Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.
      In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection.  Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. 
      In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.


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