Shoshonean Peoples
Title
Shoshonean Peoples and the Overland Trail
Dale L. Morgan

432 pages, 6.13 x 9.25
photos and maps

Published: 2007

ISBN 978-0-87421-651-6
cloth $41.95

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Shoshonean Peoples and the Overland Trail

Frontiers of the Utah Superintendency of Indian Affairs, 1849 - 1869

Dale L. Morgan

Edited by Richard L. Saunders
with an ethnohistorical essay by Gregory E. Smoak

This compilation of Dale Morgan's historical work on Indians in the Intermountain West focuses primarily on the Shoshone who lived near the Oregon and California trails.

Three connected works by Morgan are included: First is his classic article on the history of the Utah Superintendency of Indian Affairs. This is followed by a previously unpublished history of early relations among the Western Shoshoni, emigrants, and the government along the California Trail. The book concludes with an important set of government reports and correspondence from the National Archives concerning the Eastern Shoshone and their leader Washakie. Morgan heavily annotated these for serial publication in the Annals of Wyoming. He also wrote a previously unpublished history of early relations among the Western Shoshone, emigrants, and the government along the California Trail.

Morgan biographer Richard L. Saunders introduces, edits, and further annotates this collection. His introduction includes an intellectual biography of Morgan that focuses on the place of the anthologized pieces in Morgan's corpus. Gregory E. Smoak, a leading historian of the Shoshone, contributes an ethnohistorical essay as additional context for Morgan's work.

Book Review The Association for Mormon Letters November 21, 2007 / Jeffrey Needle