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Train robbers, horse thieves, murderers. These are only a few of the accusations leveled against the Dalton Gang, the fraternal band of Western lawmen turned outlaws in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Daring in their exploits, the gang members turned their backs on laws they found to be criminally flawed and stole horses, bootlegged whiskey into Indian Territory, and committed the first American train robbery.
The African-American buffalo soldiers, nicknamed by the Cheyenne Indians because of their curly hair and bravery, joined the six black regiments commissioned by an act of Congress in 1866. These men, many of whom were former slaves, enlisted in the army to earn a steady income, acquire an education, and gain respect.
Charles Marion Russell was the first artist to live most of his life in the West, sketching and painting not only from live subjects, but from actual experience. Becoming a frontiersman at a young age in 1880, he rode and worked with horses on a daily basis, something that no other Western artist had done before. This biography for children is the first of its kind about Russell, and the subject’s own vibrant paintings illustrate his life story. It follows Russell from his school days through adulthood and reveals how he held on to his dreams, living out a child’s cowboy fantasy.
From its beginning with the bloody Battle of Wilson’s Creek on August 10, 1861, to its end in surrender on June 23, 1865, the Civil War in the Indian Territory proved to be a test of valor and endurance for both sides. Author Steve Cottrell outlines the events that led up to the involvement of the Indian Territory in the war, the role of the Native Americans who took part in the war, and the effect this participation had on the war and this region in particular.
Capt. Grant Marsh was one of the river pilots who navigated the shoals and rapids of the Missouri River. Captain Marsh watched Jackson’s sense of American Manifest Destiny unfold. He helped survey the upper reaches of the Missouri, he took his steamer to the shallows of Little Bighorn to return battle-weary soldiers to their homes, and he watched as the region was transformed from a lonesome wilderness to a region of agriculture, commerce, and industry. Paperback.
In this new twist on the classic tale, the two cowboys help the mysterious man round up eight replacement longhorns. Together they hitch the cattle up to the odd gent’s wagon and see him on his way. The two cowboys trudge back to their shanty, where they discover the gifts the stranger has left them. Hardcover.
Children will delight in reading this clever rendition of the classic poem, and coloring in James Rice’s celebrated artwork of two lonely cowboys, Old Saint Nicholas, and the ornery Longhorns they must try and get to pull his sleigh.
Do you know how the Teddy bear got its name? When Teddy Roosevelt decided that he wanted to go bear hunting in Mississippi, his friends knew that the only guide experienced enough to escort the president of the United States was Holt Collier, the son of slaves and the best bear hunter in the South.
Here, told largely by trainmen, passengers, farmers, detectives, outlaws, news reporters, and others who were directly or indirectly involved with the crime, is a true, documented account of Frank and Jesse James, the Younger brothers, and Missouri’s first train robbery. Many of the photographs included have never been published. Paperback.
The Italian influence on America began in the age of exploration when Christopher Columbus, Giovanni da Verrazzano, John Cabot, and Amerigo Vespucci ventured across the Atlantic and discovered a New World. During the subsequent centuries, millions of Italians have immigrated to the United States, bringing with them a distinct set of beliefs, traditions, and customs which have been preserved and passed down through the generations.
Kick is the greatest cowboy in the West. But when his ego swells to the size of Texas, this longhorn-lassoing fella’ becomes downright mean. Not even his twenty-gallon cowboy hat can keep his attitude from growing. Kick is so mean that some folks even suspect that his snarl can straighten out a scorpion’s tail. Soon enough, all of the other cowboys are itchin’ to avoid him.
Author Michael Chandler and his young son, Preston, spent many winter afternoons working a snowplow through the drifts of Colorado snow near their Little Woody Creek horse ranch. Sometimes they made paths for cars, for people, or for cattle, and sometimes they just made paths for fun. One day they decided to clear a road that led to a snowbound home. The owner, a rugged cowboy named Joe Henry, asked if someone had hired them. When they said no, the cowboy smiled, and they all became fast friends. A few weeks later, Joe Henry—a one-time miner, hockey player, and sailor who now wrote cowboy poetry—invited them to his Christmas Eve celebration.
WITH A MUSIC CD BY JOHN DENVER
A name well known to most Americans, Jesse James was a veteran of the Civil War, a bank robber, and a very romanticized popular hero. Although James has been the subject of countless biographies and historical novels, as well as the theatre and cinema, new light can still be shed on his life.
Whoa, pardner! Sit y’self down for some good ole storytellin’ ’bout the wild, wild West. Western writer Phillip W. Steele and country music artist John D. LeVan have combined their talents and interests in true stories of the Old West in this exciting narrative. Also available on audiocassette.
In the lore of the Wild West, the Younger brothers have been glorified as heroes and outlaws. Like Jesse and Frank James, with whom the Youngers once rode, these men are remembered for bank robberies, the Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid, and their hooliganism. Ride the Razor’s Edge dramatically describes their adventures, while also placing their actions in the wider perspective of the times in which they lived.
Here is the classic Night Before Christmas tale with new Christmas magic and a Rocky Mountain twist. With unforgettable names like Old Jed and Big Jim, this is the story of Old Saint Nick’s wild Western ride as he journeys across the night sky with a hoot and a holler and his eight flying cattle.
Adorned with vintage photographs, this history and activity book describes the heritage and culture of the Buffalo People, the nomadic Native Americans who roamed the Great Plains. The text provides a realistic understanding of their traditions, spirituality, and domestic life, while several puzzles and craft projects help youngsters experience that vanished culture. Includes a lexicon of Plains Indian words and examples of their sign language. Paperback.
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