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We've Been Here Before: Taking It to the Streets

Richard Brookhiser | Published: March 30, 2015 at 11:34 am
In the summer of 2014 the deaths of two black men in confrontations with police officers riveted the nation's attention. In July Eric Garner, of Staten Island, N.Y., suffered a fatal heart attack while being arrested for selling loose cigarettes; …

Wild West Discussion - June 2015

Published: March 27, 2015 at 2:23 pm
In the Southwest the U.S. Army used Apache scouts to hunt Navajos and other Apaches. To the north the Army used a handful of Lakota scouts, as well as scouts from various friendly tribes—Crow, Pawnee, Shoshone, Arikara—to track down renegade …

Interview With Author Brian Dippie

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: March 27, 2015 at 1:25 pm
Canadian author Brian Dippie sure knows his Western artists, with books on Frederic Remington, Charlie Russell and George Catlin

Wild West - June 2015 - Letters From Readers

Published: March 27, 2015 at 12:26 pm
In the June issue of Wild West readers share dispatches about the Marias (aka Baker) Massacre (in present-day Montana) and the later clashes on the Little Bighorn River and near Wounded Knee Creek (in present-day South Dakota)

Book Review: The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane, by Richard W. Etulain

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 3:13 pm
Richard Etulain sifts through the many myths surrounding Martha "Calamity Jane" Canary to profile a woman far more complex than popular fiction might suggest

Book Review: Last Train to El Paso, by Jerry J. Lobdill

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 2:05 pm
Jerry Lobdill looks into the murder of Thomas Lyons, committed by that "other" paid Texas assassin Felix Robert Jones, who made a career of killing — and who largely evaded justice

Book Review: Logan, by Jackie Boor

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 1:39 pm
Jackie Boor relates the interesting and ultimately tragic life of her great-grandfather, Nevada lawman Tom Logan, who tangled with Wyatt Earp and showed restraint up to his last breath

Book Review: Death for Dinner, by Phyllis de la Garza

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 1:31 pm
Phyllis de la Garza set out to write a book about mass murders committed on the 1870s Kansas frontier by the mysterious Bender family, but the author has since solved some of the mystery

Book Review: The Legendary Life of Bee Ho Gray, by Clark Gray

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 26, 2015 at 1:21 pm
Western entertainer Bee Ho Gray rubbed shoulders with the likes of Will Rogers and Quanah Parker, but for various reasons little of their lasting celebrity rubbed off on Bee Ho

Letter From Wild West - June 2015

Gregory Lalire | Published: March 26, 2015 at 12:51 pm
Most Western history buffs are familiar with the role of the Sioux, Cheyennes and even Crows at the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn. But who knew about the Arikaras?

Interview With Civil War Historian James McPherson

Published: February 25, 2015 at 4:13 pm
As the sesquicentennial of the Civil War draws to a close, historian James McPherson urges Americans to retain the lessons from that nation-shaping conflict.

Book Review: The Longest Afternoon, by Brendan Simms

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 1:06 pm
The Longest Afternoon is Cambridge University professor Brendan Simms' detailed account of the 1815 Battle of Waterloo defense of the stone farmhouse La Haye Sainte.

Book Review: Home Squadron, by James C. Rentfrow

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 12:34 pm
In his book Home Squadron, James Rentfrow relates the late 19th century transformation of the U.S. Navy into a fleet with global reach.

The Constitution's Last Victory

Tom and Gena Metcalf | Published: January 30, 2015 at 1:25 pm
Old Ironsides’ dramatic final battle in the War of 1812 marked the end of British naval dominance and the emergence of a confident new competitor

Wild West Discussion - April 2015

Published: January 29, 2015 at 4:09 pm
Big names participated in the birth, growth, independence and identity of 19th-century Texas, but who made the biggest impression: Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, David Crockett, William B. Travis, Jim Bowie, Antonio López de Santa Anna, Mirabeau Lamar, Sul Ross, …

Stagecoach Attacks—Roll ’em

Gregory Michno | Published: January 29, 2015 at 3:16 pm
Think all those action-packed film scenes of Indian warriors chasing the lone stage were pure Hollywood hokum? Well, think again, as such attacks did happen in the real West
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