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Montana: A Cultural Medley

by Robert R. Swartout (Author), Robert R. Swartout Jr. (Editor)


The whole is greater than the sum of the parts when Montana historian Robert Swartout gathers the fascinating stories of the state's surprisingly diverse ethnic groups into this thought-provoking collection of essays. Fourteen chapters showcase an African American nightclub, the Ozark Club and the black community in Great Falls, a Japanese American war hero, the founding of a Metís community, Jewish merchants, and Dutch settlement in the Gallatin Valley, as well as stories of Irish, Scots, Chinese, Finns, Mexican Americans, European war brides, and more.

The Mullan Road: Carving a Passage through the Frontier Northwest, 1859-62

by Paul D. McDermott (Author), Ronald E. Grim (Author), Philip Mobley (Author)

The Mullan Road: Carving a Passage through the Frontier Northwest, 1859-62, edited by Paul D. McDermott, Ronald E. Grim, and Philip Mobley (Mountain Press Publishing Company) is a beautifully illustrated book that is backed up with detailed annotations which represent years of research by the contributors. Even more intriguing to readers interested in the history of the roads construction from Walla Walla, Washington Territory to Fort Benton on the Missouri River (future Montana Territory) is that the book can be used as an excellent travel guide for heritage road trips across Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana in search of Mullans 624-mile, military wagon road. --True West Magazine

Beyond Schoolmarms and Madams: Montana Women's Stories

by Martha Kohl (Editor)


Sheriff Garfield had just been elected to a second term in 1920 when he was fatally shot. His wife Ruth, a ranching woman with a young son, set aside her grief to serve out her husband's term. She was Montana's first female sheriff and served two years.

Stories like Ruth Garfield's fill the pages of Beyond Schoolmarms and Madams: Montana Women's Stories. The women featured in this book range from late eighteenth-century Indian women warriors to twenty-first century Blackfeet banker Elouise Cobell. They span geography―from the western Montana women who worked for the Forest Service, to Miles City doctor Sadie Lindeberg. And they span ideology―from the members of the Montana Federation of Colored Women's Clubs, who led the fight for laws banning segregation in public accommodations, to the Women of the Ku Klux Klan. With grit and foresight, these women shaped Montana.

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