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Oklahoma History



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Oklahoma: A History

By Baird

University of Oklahoma Press
Released: 2011-03-01
Paperback (360 pages)

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.

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

By David Grann

Vintage
Released: 2018-04-03
Paperback (400 pages)

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
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  • Named a best book of the year by Amazon, Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, NPR, Vogue, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub, and Slate
  • In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   -  NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST 

A New York Times Notable Book

Named a best book of the year by Amazon, Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, NPR, Vogue, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub, and Slate

From the #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 Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage 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. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.
            As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

Old Maps of Oklahoma

By Eli Hartley

Independently published
Paperback (178 pages)

Old Maps of Oklahoma
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Inside you will find over 100 historical maps of Indian Territory and Oklahoma. There are many detailed maps of tribal nations, early trails, rails, and roads, and a variety of beautiful old geological and U.S. maps. There are also many detailed maps of Cleveland and Oklahoma Counties, showing early land allotments in Oklahoma City, Moore, and Norman. Maps range from the mid-1800s all the way through Oklahoma statehood (1907) and beyond. Along with maps, you will also find interesting facts and photos about the early history of Oklahoma. With such a diverse blend of content, this book would fit just as well in the historian's library as it would on the coffee table.

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.

Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding... Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis

By Sam Anderson

Broadway Books
Released: 2019-08-20
Paperback (448 pages)

Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding... Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLETHE ECONOMIST AND DEADSPIN

Award-winning journalist Sam Anderson’s long-awaited debut is a brilliant, kaleidoscopic narrative of Oklahoma City—a great American story of civics, basketball, and destiny.


Oklahoma City was born from chaos. It was founded in a bizarre but momentous “Land Run” in 1889, when thousands of people lined up along the borders of Oklahoma Territory and rushed in at noon to stake their claims. Since then, it has been a city torn between the wild energy that drives its outsized ambitions, and the forces of order that seek sustainable progress. Nowhere was this dynamic better realized than in the drama of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team’s 2012-13 season, when the Thunder’s brilliant general manager, Sam Presti, ignited a firestorm by trading future superstar James Harden just days before the first game. Presti’s all-in gamble on “the Process”—the patient, methodical management style that dictated the trade as the team’s best hope for long-term greatness—kicked off a pivotal year in the city’s history, one that would include pitched battles over urban planning, a series of cataclysmic tornadoes, and the frenzied hope that an NBA championship might finally deliver the glory of which the city had always dreamed.

Boom Town
 announces the arrival of an exciting literary voice. Sam Anderson, former book critic for New York magazine and now a staff writer at the New York Times magazine, unfolds an idiosyncratic mix of American history, sports reporting, urban studies, gonzo memoir, and much more to tell the strange but compelling story of an American city whose unique mix of geography and history make it a fascinating microcosm of the democratic experiment. Filled with characters ranging from NBA superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook; to Flaming Lips oddball frontman Wayne Coyne; to legendary Great Plains meteorologist Gary England; to Stanley Draper, Oklahoma City's would-be Robert Moses; to civil rights activist Clara Luper; to the citizens and public servants who survived the notorious 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building, Boom Town offers a remarkable look at the urban tapestry woven from control and chaos, sports and civics.

Little Known Tales in Oklahoma History

By Alton Pryor

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (156 pages)

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.

Oklahoma History 1907 through Present: Student Edition (Volume 4)

By Jake Henderson

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (160 pages)

Oklahoma History 1907 through Present: Student Edition (Volume 4)
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Reading Through History is pleased to present Oklahoma History: Volume Two. This is the student edition of Volume Two. It includes 154 pages of student activities related to the major figures and events in Oklahoma History from 1907 through the present day. 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 32 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 Green Corn Rebellion, Tulsa Race Riot, Dust Bowl, Oil Booms, and the Oklahoma City Bombing. There is also a focus on major figures such as Jim Thorpe, Frank Phillips, “Alfalfa” Bill Murray, Will Rogers, Wiley Post, Woody Guthrie, and many more. Oklahoma History: Volume Two also highlights Oklahoma geography, including lakes and city locations. 8 different map assignments will help students gain an understanding of the state’s topography.

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

By Wesley Treat

Brand: Sterling
Hardcover (240 pages)

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.

Oklahoma (A True Book: My United States)

By Tamra B. Orr

Children's Press
Released: 2018-02-01
Paperback (48 pages)

Oklahoma (A True Book: My United States)
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Often called the "panhandle state" for its unique shape, Oklahoma is a rich land, full of hundreds of lakes and miles of rivers, thick, green forests, rolling mountains, and productive farmland.

A True Book: My United States series allows readers to experience what makes each of the fifty state distinctive and exceptional. Readers will get to know each states' history, geography, wildlife and future outlook. This series includes an age appropriate (grades 3-5) introduction to curriculum-relevant subjects and a robust resource section that encourages independent study.

Readers will get an up-close look at life in Oklahoma, from where people live to what their local traditions are. They will also learn about the state's history, government, economy, and more.

What's Great about Oklahoma? (Our Great States)

By Sheri Dillard

LernerClassroom
Released: 2015-01-01
Paperback (32 pages)

What s Great about Oklahoma? (Our Great States)
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What's so great about Oklahoma? Readers will build skills to identify and summarize the top ten sites to see or things to do in the Sooner State. We'll explore Oklahoma's exciting rodeos, historic landmarks, fun-filled amusement parks, and fascinating history. The Oklahoma by Map feature helps students locate all the places covered in the book. A special section provides key state details such as the state motto, capital, population, animals, foods, and more. Take a fun-filled tour of all there is to discover in Oklahoma.



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