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Dennis Hogan - Art of the West

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: January 31, 2014 at 5:37 pm
Santa Fe silversmith Dennis Hogan crafts modern jewelry using classic 19th-century techniques.

Wild West - April 2014 - Letters From Readers

Published: January 31, 2014 at 5:09 pm
In the April issue of Wild West, readers share dispatches about Kingston, N.M., Frank James' grave site in Independence, Mo., and "squaw," the offensive frontier-era term for an American Indian woman.

Letter From Wild West - April 2014

Gregory Lalire | Published: January 31, 2014 at 4:37 pm
Certain Indian leaders, chief among them Joseph of the Nez Perce, were eloquent speakers, though their actual words were sometimes lost in translation.

Fort Dilts and Fanny Kelly’s Bid for Freedom

Bill Markley | Published: January 31, 2014 at 3:58 pm
Sioux raiders bottled up emigrants behind primitive earthworks on the Dakota plains, then forced a captive white woman to communicate their demands—she added a plea of her own

Book Review: Frontier Cavalry Trooper, Edited by Douglas C. McChristian

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 2:34 pm
U.S. Army Private Eddie Matthews' preserved letters, edited by former National Park Service historian Doug McChristian, offer both a glimpse into frontier life for a 19th-century soldier and a perspective on the era of westward expansion.

Book Review: I Fought a Good Fight, by Sherry Robinson

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 2:21 pm
Overlooked in many histories of the many 19th-century Apache bands, the Lipans get their due in this book by Sherry Robinson.

Book Review: The Heart of Everything That Is, by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 2:08 pm
Though Red Cloud's life is far from an "untold" story, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin offer fresh insights into the Lakota's chief's legendary exploits in this new biography.

Book Review: Glorious Misadventures, by Owen Matthews

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 1:46 pm
Owen Matthews recounts the empire-building efforts of ambitious if largely forgotten Russian explorer Nikolai Rezanov.

Book Review: Billy the Kid on Film 1911–2012, by Johnny D. Boggs

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 1:32 pm
Johnny Boggs breaks down the 75 big-screen films centered on Billy the Kid, arguably not a great one in the bunch ... yet.

Book Review: Radio Rides the Range, Edited by Jack French and David S. Siegel

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 12:32 pm
Radio Rides the Range recalls the heyday of broadcast Westerns, which influenced and overlapped the introduction of TV Westerns and featured many of the same players.

Book Review: Chronicling the West for Harper’s, by Claudine Chalmers

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 12:11 pm
Like the original Harper's Weekly, this compendium of the work of "special artists" Paul Frenzeny and Jules Tavernier includes a wealth of images and solid text, capturing everyday life in the Old West.

Peace Presidents on a War Footing

Richard Brookhiser | Published: January 07, 2014 at 1:40 pm
Barack Obama is not the first peace president to find himself ready to go to war

Bloody Stalemate at Fort Erie, 1814

James W. Shosenberg | Published: December 27, 2013 at 3:15 pm
After a seesaw clash of determined enemies, neither the Americans nor the British ended up with the prize

Military History - March 2014 - Letters From Readers

Published: December 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm
Readers' letters in the March 2014 issue of Military History sound off about the cost of defeat, our red herring game from the January issue, the decision to drop the atomic bomb, wartime headlines, General James Wilkinson, Loyalists in the American colonies and the AK-47.

Book Review: The Shining Sea, by George C. Daughan

HistoryNet Staff | Published: December 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm
George Daughan relates Captain David Porter's truly epic 17-month Pacific voyage on USS Essex during the War of 1812 in The Shining Sea.

Wild West Discussion - February 2014

Published: November 26, 2013 at 5:38 pm
Badge wearers in the Wild West sometimes spent time on the wrong side of the law. Whom do you consider the quintessential two-faced lawman—"Mysterious Dave" Mather, Henry Newton Brown, Henry Plummer, Wyatt Earp, Burton Alvord, William Robinson (alias Ben Wheeler), …
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