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Oklahoma History



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Oklahoma: A History

By W. David Baird

University of Oklahoma Press
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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.

Little Known Tales in Oklahoma History

By Alton Pryor

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Little Known Tales in Oklahoma History
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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.

Pioneer Women: The Lives of Women on the Frontier (Oklahoma Paperbacks Edition)

By Linda Peavy

University of Oklahoma Press
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Pioneer Women: The Lives of Women on the Frontier (Oklahoma Paperbacks Edition)
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Pioneer Women provides a rare look at frontier life through the eyes of the pioneer women who settled the American West. Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith vividly describe the hardships such women endured journeying west and making homes and communities on the frontier. Their hopes and fears and, most of all, their courage in the face of adversity are revealed in excerpts from journals, letters, and oral histories. Illustrated with a fascinating collection of seldom-seen photographs, Pioneer Women reveals the faces as well as the voices of women who lived on the frontier.

The authors portray a wide variety of women, from those who found liberty and confidence in undertaking "men’s work" to those who felt burdened by the wind, the weather, and the struggle of frontier life.

Weird Oklahoma: Your Travel Guide to Oklahoma's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

By Wesley Treat

Brand: Sterling
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Weird Oklahoma: Your Travel Guide to Oklahoma s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
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Oklahoma has a history that's both notorious and peculiar, from legendary natives like Giggling Granny-a jovial woman responsible for as many as eleven murders-to Shaman's Portal, a gateway said to have swallowed handfuls of unsuspecting travelers over the last few centuries.  And keep your camera at the ready for shape-shifting “manimals”! On this tour of the Sooner State, you'll encounter the outlandish, exceptional, and bizarre.

The Oklahoma City Bombing: The History of the Deadliest Domestic Terrorist Attack in American History

By Charles River Editors

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*Includes pictures *Includes primary accounts of the attack *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading *Includes a table of contents “Think about the people as if they were storm troopers in Star Wars. They may be individually innocent, but they are guilty because they work for the Evil Empire." – Timothy McVeigh Two days after Ramzi Yousef’s attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the FBI and the Texas National Guard surrounded the Mount Carmel Center compound outside of Waco, Texas. They were there to search the property of the Branch Davidians, a religious cult, due to allegations that cult members were sexually abusing children and had assault weapons. When they began searching, the Branch Davidians, led by David Koresh, fired on them, starting a firefight and a nearly two month long siege of the compound. The siege of the compound ended on April 19, 1993 with the deaths of over 75 cult members, including children, and in the wake of the event there was a lot of soul searching, but in addition to influencing how the government approached potential future conflicts with other groups, Waco’s most important legacy was that it enraged people who already had an anti-government bent. As it turned out, the most notable was a young Gulf War veteran named Timothy McVeigh, who came to Waco during the siege and shouted his support for gun rights. After the siege ended, McVeigh was determined to strike back at the federal government. In 1994, McVeigh and an old Army buddy, Michael Fortier, decided they would bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City because several federal agencies had offices inside, including the ATF. With the help of Terry Nichols, McVeigh constructed a bomb out of fertilizer that weighed over two tons and placed it in a rented Ryder truck, the same company Ramzi Yousef had rented a van from. At about 9:00 a.m. on April 19, 1995, the second anniversary of the end of the siege in Waco, McVeigh’s bomb exploded with a force so powerful that it registered seismic readings across much of Oklahoma and could be heard 50 miles away. The explosion killed 168 people, including young children in the building’s day-care center. McVeigh was captured shortly after the explosion, and he never displayed remorse for his actions. When he later learned about the day-care center, McVeigh called the children “collateral damage.” At the time, the bombing was the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil in history, and McVeigh was executed on June 11, 2001, three months before the bombing became the second deadliest terrorist attack on American soil in history. The Oklahoma City Bombing: The History of the Deadliest Domestic Terrorist Attack in American History chronicles the notorious terrorist attack. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Oklahoma City bombing like never before.

Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves Oklahoma Narratives

By United States. Work Projects Administration

Released: 2011-03-24
Kindle Edition (284 pages)

Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves Oklahoma Narratives
 
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The History of Oklahoma

By Arrell M. Gibson

Brand: University of Oklahoma Press
Hardcover (256 pages)

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 Treasures and Treasure Tales

By Steve Wilson

Brand: University of Oklahoma Press
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Oklahoma Treasures and Treasure Tales
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“Son, there's more treasure buried right here In Oklahoma than in the rest of the whole Southwest.” Those words from an old-timer launched Steve Wilson on a yearslong quest for the stones of Oklahoma’s treasures. This book is the result.

It is a book of stories-some true, some legendary- about fabulous caches of lost treasure: outlaw loot buried in the heat of pursuit, hoards of Spanish gold dud silver secreted for a later day, Frenchmen's gold ingots hidden amid massive cryptic symbols, Indian treasure concealed in caves, and lost mines- gold and silver and platinum.

It tells about the earliest treasure seekers of the region and those who are still hunting today. Along the way it describes shootouts and massacres, trails whose routes are preserved in the countless legends of gold hidden alongside them, Mexicans' smelters, and mines hidden and sought over the centuries.

Among the chapters:

  • 'The Secrets Spanish Fort Tells,"
  • "Quests for Red River's Silver Mines,"
  • "Oklahoma's Forgotten Treasure Trail,'"
  • "Ghosts of Devil's Canyon and Their Gold,"
  • "Jesse James's Two-Million-Dollar Treasure,"
  • "The Last Cave with the Iron Door,"
  • and, perhaps most intriguing of all, "The Mystery of Cascorillo-A Lost" City."

This is a book about quests over trails dim before the turn of the century. It is about early peoples, Mound Builders, Vikings, conquistadors, explorers, outlaw, gold seekers. The author has spent years tracking down the stories and hours listening to the old-timers' tales of their searches.

Wilson has provided maps, both detailed modem ones and photographs of early treasure maps and has richly illustrated the book with pictures of the sites that gave rise to the tales. .

For armchair travelers, never-say-die treasure hunters, historians, and chroniclers and aficionados of western lore, this is an absorbing and delightful book. And who knows? The reader may find gold! 

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.

Oklahoma State University (Campus History)

By Dr. Charles L. W. Leider

Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2016-12-05
Paperback (128 pages)

Oklahoma State University (Campus History)
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Oklahoma State University was founded in 1889--18 years before statehood--as Oklahoma A&M College (OAMC), under the Morrill Land Grant Acts that allowed for the creation of land grant colleges. By midcentury, OAMC had a statewide presence with five campuses and a public educational system established to improve the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world by adhering to its land grant mission of high-quality teaching, research, and outreach. On July 1, 1957, Oklahoma A&M College became Oklahoma State University (OSU). With more than 350 undergraduate and graduate degrees, OSU and its nine different colleges provide an unmatched diversity of academic offerings. Today, OSU has students enrolled from all 50 states and nearly 120 nations. There are more than 200,000 OSU alumni throughout the world.


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