Western History books from Bored Feet Press
Do you want to know more about the history of photography in the Western USA? From Native Americans to Chinese Americans to Italian Americans in the Western USA, you'll find fascinating reading and research material with these selections from Bored Feet Press.
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In this fascinating account by two acclaimed and accomplished authors, the reader views what happened when Euro-Americans and Native Americans competed for a place they both relished. This book details Humboldt's native peoples and their contact with the newcomers.
Pierre Dubois goes to northern California, investigating the plight of French workers who have been sent to California. This compelling story is filled with rich historical details, bringing to life all the legendary excitement and chaos of the California Gold Rush.
This classic, award-winning people's history of California's north coast is an evocative blend of oral history and narrative. These stories resonate with truth for anyone who has ever visited the area. As the subtitle says, "Being the true story of Indians, deer, homesteaders, potatoes, loggers, trees, fishermen, salmon, and other living things in the back woods of Northern California."
Elusive Truth—Four Photographers at Manzanar: Ansel Adams, Clem Albers, Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake
In 1942 the United States government declared 110,000 American Japanese residents of the U.S. threat to national security and incarcerated them in eleven relocation camps around the country. This book tells the story of one such camp, Manzanar.
This book details what is known of Twain’s years in the West, providing details of his stay in each of more than two dozen towns he lived in and visited. This book also tells visitors what they will find in these towns today.
This unique look at the 1846-47 winter of entrapment the Donner Party suffered in the snowbound Sierra Nevada focuses on the extremely harsh conditions of that long and legendary winter.
How Mark Twain's humorous frog story launched his legendary career. On a prospecting trip to Angel's Camp, Twain first heard the tales of the Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. Twain's version of the tale became an international success and launched his legendary career.
This well researched account of Clemens' twenty-one months as reporter for the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City, Nevada was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in 1985.
From the first San Francisco Giants game at Seals Stadium in 1958 through the team's glorious and remarkable world championship in 2010, Johanson recalls the greatest games chosen by Giants heroes, both famous and obscure.
Rosa May worked as a prostitute and madam in the 1870s, 1880s and 1890s in towns of Virginia City, Carson City and Bodie. Rosa May died in Bodie while nursing sick miners. Despite her efforts to save lives, she was banished to Bodie's outcast cemetery.
A history of Gualala, bordering Mendocino and Sonoma Counties on the California Pacific west coast from the early 1800s to the mid 20th century. 160 pages illuminated with over 50 historical photographs, 8 original maps.
Aurelius Carpenter photographed the frontier of northern California's rural Mendocino County region.He documented the lives of Pomo Indians and White settlers, the coming of the railroad, logging and shipping industries, and the agricultural endeavors and natural beauties of the area.
The Hopi people are well known for their skill and artistry in creating ceramics, jewelry, and most especially, katsina dolls, but this is the first book to detail the basketry art.
A Fair Distance is the richly detailed memoir of Lois Boblett (1844-1925). L. Darlene Spargo weaves meticulously researched historical details through Boblett's memoir. Boblett's words provide new insight into the roles women played in the Western Migration.
In this book, George Williams III tells of the gold discovery at Bodie in 1859, the camp's boom in 1879, its long decline, and its present state. This book also details the history and present state of other mining towns and camps in the area: nearby Aurora, Lucky Boy, and many more.
In this new reprint of this rowdy California Gold Rush account, originally published in 1980, Zauner captures the fury and color of the days of ‘49, and even ‘48. Using the letters of gold rush miners, diaries and newspaper accounts, this books reveals the crazy times of Gold Rush California, fueled by one of the largest human migrations the world has known. Zauner describes many California Gold Rush towns in their early days and some of what remains.
In 1871 a terrible shootout occurred at this Eastern Sierra lake between escaped convicts and a posse, leaving several men dead and wounded. Williams tells the gruesome story of the escape, man hunt and murders based on news accounts of the day.
This important monograph on the photographer Le Gray was published in a limited edition. Gorgeous duotones and extraordinary detective work transport the reader into the world of French and English art photography in the 1850s.
Rowe explores interesting facets of early Arizona as visually captured by professional and amateur postcard photographers. The topics include mining, labor unrest, the advent of the automobile, Indians, disasters, the Mexican Border War, and photography.
This historic memoir is Luzena Stanley Wilson's classic account of her family's 1849 overland journey to California and their experiences there during and after the Gold Rush.
Thomas H. Harrell
An essential resource on a great western photographer.
One of the few published histories of a Chinese family in America, this book provides a rare glimpse of a chinese-american family, through the Gold Rush, Tong Wars, early San Francisco, the 1906 Earthquake, opium dens, and international diplomacy.
British nobelman Huntley spent most of his life in the New World. This is a reprint of his memoirs of travels and adventures in northern California during the Gold Rush, first published in the 19th century.
This lively history, describes life in a small northern Sierra town. It begins with the native Maidu village, then documents the fur traders, the early mines, through years of resorts, stagecoaches and stage robbers, and lumbering.
Bradley W. Richards, M.D.
The only full length biography of an excellent western photographer who emigrated to Utah in 1855, then captured more than 50 years of western landscapes, faces,and places.
This book presents a 70-year visual history of a legendary land, an exciting window into one of the most colorful periods and places in our western heritage.
A forty-niner and photographer spins his true life Gold Rush story. Edited by renowned photo historian Peter Palmquist.
This remarkable book presents fascinating images from an impassioned photo-historian of street life. Striking images and stories depict street people from the last half of the 19th century and the early 20th century.
Portraits of Native Americans by little-known photographers.
This book tells the intriguing story of Buffalo Bill's first Wild West Show photographer. The Italian photographer Carlo Gentile left his native land at age 21 and traveled around the world, landing in San Francisco in the 1850s.
Peter Palmquist; Researched and edited by Susan Herzig and Paul Hertzmann
This beautiful book is the first about an influential, superb California photographer widely published in his day and the winner of numerous prizes and honors.
In this book Jonah Raskin examines thirty northern California writers (fifteen of them women) and their work in the context of the region in which they live and the literary community there.
Janice G. Schimmelman
This new book lists 810 invention patents and 22 design patents pertaining to a wide range of photographic processes, equipment and methodology.
Marian Gimby Brannan
Master Graphoanalyst Brannan presents short biographies of twenty highly accomplished women, then uniquely and dramatically pairs their histories with an analysis of their handwriting, creating a vivid personal encounter with each subject.