Volume XLV - Number 4
Winter 2014


Modupe Labode, “The ‘stern, fearless settlers of the West’: Lynching, Region, and Capital Punishment in Early Twentieth-Century Colorado”
Abstract: This essay explores the rhetoric of lynching articulated by whites in Colorado about three lynchings that occurred in the state, paying special attention to ideas of race, region, and the relationship between lynching and capital punishment.  In1900, crowds in Colorado lynched one white man and two African American men. White Coloradans attempted to create a distinction between western vigilante-style killings, which they saw as positive responses to an inadequate system of justice, and southern, white supremacist lynchings, which they described as lawless. These Coloradans characterized the lynchings as examples of western vigilantism, asserted that race was an insignificant factor in the killings, and argued that reinstating capital punishment, which the state had banned years earlier, would make lynching unnecessary. In 1901, in large part due to political pressure generated in the aftermath of the lynchings, the state legislature reinstated capital punishment.

Renee M. Laegreid, "Finding the American West in Twenty-First-Century Italy"
English Abstract: Beginning in 1890, Americans exported specific ideas and images of the American West to Italy. Transnational exchange of ideas, people, and culture helps explain how Italians have adapted western mythology to accommodate their cultural, political, and economic circumstances, keeping the American West relevant in the twenty-first century.
Italian Abstract
A partire dal 1890, gli americani esportati idee e immagini del West americano specifiche per l'Italia. Scambio transnazionale di idee, persone e cultura aiuta a spiegare come gli italiani si sono adattati mitologia del Far West per accogliere i loro circostanze culturali, politici ed economici, mantenendo il West americano rilevante nel ventunesimo secolo

Natalia Molina, The Long Arc of Dispossession: Racial Capitalism and Contested Notions of Citizenship in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands in the Early Twentieth Century"

Abstract: This article examines the deportation proceedings of Nicholas Flores to interrogate larger issues of race, citizenship, and belonging ion the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. The case demonstrates how it was not just concepts of race based on culture and biology but the fact that Flores lacked racial capital that helped cast doubt on his citizenship and even re-inscribe him as an immigrant.

Don Romesburg, Field Notes, "Through a Guest Book, Queerly"


Book Reviews:

Orsi, Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike   Stephen Aron             

Skaggs, William Henry Harrison and the Conquest of the Ohio Country: Frontier Fighting in the War of 1812    Robert M. Owens 

Isenberg, Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life   Elliott West

Compton, A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary   William P. MacKinnon

Ruddy, Edmund G. Ross: Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist   William S. Kiser

Parsons and Brown, A Lawless Breed: John Wesley Hardin, Texas Reconstruction, and Violence in the Wild West     Stan “Tex” Banash

Haber, The Trials of Laura Fair: Sex, Murder, and Insanity in the Victorian West   Cynthia Culver Prescott 

Labor, Jack London: An American Life     Phillip R. Burger

Rico, Nature’s Noblemen: Transatlantic Masculinities and the Nineteenth-Century American West     Matthew Basso

Englebert and Teasdale, eds., French and Indians in the Heart of North America, 1630–1815   Jay Gitlin

Rushforth, Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France   Daniel P. Barr

Eisler, The Red Man’s Bones: George Catlin, Artist and Showman  Alfred L. Bush

Warde, When the Wolf Came: The Civil War and the Indian Territory    Linda W. Reese

Nichols, Warrior Nations: The United States and Indian Peoples  Paul N. Beck

McLaughlin, A Lakota War Book from the Little Bighorn: The Pictographic “Autobiography of Half Moon”   Joyce M. Szabo

O’Brien, Coming Full Circle: Spirituality and Wellness among Native Communities in the Pacific Northwest   Laurie Arnold

Ridington and Ridington, Where Happiness Dwells: A History of the Dane-zaa First Nations   Susan Roy

Wilkins, Hollow Justice: A History of Indigenous Claims in the United States  Andrew H. Fisher

Fixico, Indian Resilience and Rebuilding: Indigenous Nations in the Modern American West   Bradley Shreve 

Neuman, Indian Play: Indigenous Identities at Bacone College   Sally McBeth

Smith, Hippies, Indians, and the Fight for Red Power    Clyde Ellis

Bergman, Exhibiting Patriotism: Creating and Contesting Interpretations of American Historic Sites   Gregory E. Smoak

Chandler, San Francisco Lithographer: African American Artist Grafton Tyler Brown    Albert S. Broussard

Willumson, Iron Muse: Photographing the Transcontinental Railroad    Finis Dunaway

Sailor, Meaningful Places: Landscape Photographers in the Nineteenth-Century American West   Michael A. Amundson

Entz, Llewellyn Castle: A Worker’s Cooperative on the Great Plains    Thomas E. Alter II

Lauck, The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History  Michael J. Lansing

Cadava, Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland   Alturo J. Aldama

Torres-Rouff, Before L.A.: Race, Space, and Municipal Power in Los Angeles, 1781–1894   Roger W. Lotchin 

Noel, Debating American Identity: Southwestern Statehood and Mexican Immigration    John Weber

Sandoval Jr., Latinos at the Golden Gate: Creating Community and Identity in San Francisco    Julie Cohen

Mabalon, Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California   Jean-Paul R. deGuzman

Araiza, To March for Others: The Black Freedom Struggle and the United Farm Workers   Lori Flores 

Johnston, Mercury Mining and the Making of California: Mining, Landscape, and Race, 1840–1890     Kent A. Curtis

Castaneda and Simpson, eds., River City and Valley Life: An Environmental History of the Sacramento Region    Mark A. Eifler

Rothman and Miller, Death Valley National Park: A History   Mark Edwin Miller

Rogers, Roads in the Wilderness: Conflict in Canyon Country    Jared Farmer

Hallett, Go West, Young Women!: The Rise of Early Hollywood   Liahna Armstrong

Sagala, Buffalo Bill on the Silver Screen: The Films of William F. Cody   Renee M. Laegreid