Western History & Genealogy Blog

Journalists Write the American West: C-SPAN 2's BookTV at the 2011 Tucson Festival of Books
Each weekend C-SPAN 2 devotes itself to nonfiction books. And this weekend at 2:30 PM (ET), BookTV offers a live panel discussion from the Tucson Festival of Books with three authors of new Western books.
Sesquicentennial! Happy 150th Colorado Territory!
Cover of Eugene H. Berwanger's The rise of the Centennial State
Monday marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Colorado Territory on February 28, 1861. How will you mark the occasion? How about with some history?
The Dandiest Don
Cover of James W. Johnson's The Dandy Dons.
Earlier this week, Bill Russell, celebrated basketball player, coach, commentator and activist, was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award presented by the United States. While many might associate Russell with Boston, and his long tenure with the Celtics, his collegiate career and activism began in the West with the University of San Francisco Dons.
New Books in Western History (2.15.11)
Cover of Douglas Brinkley's The Quiet World
Recent weeks have seen reviews of new works on the preservation of Alaska's wilderness, on the larger circumpolar world of the Arctic, and excerpts from a new book on the urban centers of the Great Basin and a memoir of Western wolf management.
David Taylor's The Line
David Taylor's The Line (44-page accordion booklet accompanying his Working
Sometimes a book isn't just notable for its cover -- it's also a compelling object in itself. So it is with a 44-page accordion booklet entitled The Line accompanying David Taylor's larger photoessay entitled Working the Line.
Civil Rights in the American West
Last week Denver Public Library’s David Johnson offered an eloquent reading of the “I Have a Dream” speech, which inspired me to write about the sometimes neglected role of the West in the history of American civil liberties, and, on the eve of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, to offer some suggestions from the many recent books on civil rights in the American West.
Cities, Nature, and the American West ...
On the New West literary blog's current book essay and book preview column, Char Miller of Pomona College offers observations on booms, busts, cities and the legacy of the late UNLV historian Hal Rothman.
New Books in Western History (9.29.10)
Cover of Judy Pasternak's Yellow Dirt
New titles of interest examine the Chinese experience in America from the perspective of one family; the perils of uranium on the Navajo reservation; and the long story of segregation through a Little Rock high school football team.
New Books: Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective ...
Cover of Yunte Huang's Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective
Yunte Huang's Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History has received widespread notice and excellent reviews. But did you know the detective had a real life Hawaiian inspiration?
New Books: Wolf: The Lives of Jack London.
Cover of James L. Haley's Wolf: The Lives of Jack London
James L. Haley's Wolf: The Lives of Jack London arrives at a time of uncertainty, much like the one that shaped the young author.