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The product of two of Oklahoma’s foremost authorities on the history of the 46th state, Oklahoma: A History is the first comprehensive narrative to bring the story of the Sooner State to the threshold of its centennial.

From the tectonic formation of Oklahoma’s varied landscape to the recovery and renewal following the Oklahoma City bombing, this readable book includes both the well-known and the not-so-familiar of the state’s people, events, and places. W. David Baird and Danney Goble offer fresh perspectives on such widely recognized history makers as Sequoyah, the 1889 Land Run, and the Glenn Pool oil strike. But they also give due attention to Black Seminole John Horse, Tulsa’s Greenwood District, Coach Bertha Frank Teague’s 40-year winning streak with the Byng Lady Pirates, and other lesser-known but equally important milestones. The result is a rousing, often surprising, and ever-fascinating story.

Oklahoma history is an intricate tapestry of themes, stories, and perspectives, including those of the state’s diverse population of American Indians, the land’s original human occupants. An appendix provides suggestions for trips to Oklahoma’s historic places and for further reading. Enhanced by more than 40 illustrations, including 11 maps, this definitive history of the state ensures that experiences shared by Oklahomans of the past will be passed on to future generations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806139104
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

W. David Baird is Dean of Seaver College and Howard A. White Professor of History at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. He is the author of The Quapaws (Chelsea House, 1989),  and The Story of Oklahoma (OU Press, 2nd ed. revised, 2013).

The late Danney Goble was Professor of Letters at the University of Oklahoma and the award-winning author or coauthor of eight books about Oklahoma and Oklahomans.

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Table of Contents

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Preface

Prologue: The Land and Its Influences 3

1 Oklahoma's Ancient Communities 13

2 The First People 21

3 Europeans Encounter Oklahoma 33

4 American Explorers in Oklahoma 47

5 The Southeastern Indians 61

6 Indian Removals 75

7 The Five Republics 91

8 Indian Territory at War 105

9 Rejuvenation and Reconstruction 113

10 New Exiles in Oklahoma 131

11 The Promised Land: Oklahoma Territory 141

12 The End of Indian Territory 153

13 The Twin Territories 163

14 Politics through the 1920s 177

15 The Economy: The Fat Years 191

16 A New Society 205

17 The Great Depression and Global War 217

18 The Politics of Maturity 237

19 A Mature Economy 251

20 The Strains of Social Maturity 263

Epilogue: The Time in Between 279

Appendix See History for Yourself 285

Recommended Readings 301

Index 327

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