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An Oklahoma I Had Never Seen Before: Alternative Views of Oklahoma History

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After taking Davis D. Joyce’s course in Oklahoma history, a student once said, “I saw an Oklahoma I’d never seen before.”

“This is a splendid collection of writings in the true spirit of a ‘people’s history’. It begins with a delightful, wry overlook at Oklahoma by George Milburn, and goes on to tell about the state in way rarely seen in traditional histories. There are accounts of progressivism, of socialism, of labor radicalism, of Indian resistance, of black struggle against segregation, of women’s campaigns ...

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Overview

After taking Davis D. Joyce’s course in Oklahoma history, a student once said, “I saw an Oklahoma I’d never seen before.”

“This is a splendid collection of writings in the true spirit of a ‘people’s history’. It begins with a delightful, wry overlook at Oklahoma by George Milburn, and goes on to tell about the state in way rarely seen in traditional histories. There are accounts of progressivism, of socialism, of labor radicalism, of Indian resistance, of black struggle against segregation, of women’s campaigns for abortion rights. It includes fascinating portraits of people, some famous, some obscure, who were engaged in these struggles. I hope this become a model for similar volumes on other states.”–Howard Zinn, author of People’s History of the United States.

Contents: “Oklahoma,” George Milburn; “The Difficulty of Celebrating an Invasion, “Jerald C. Walker;“Progressivism in Oklahoma Politics, 1900-1913: A Reinterpretation,” Kenny L. Brown;“Kate Barnard, Progressivism, and the West,” Suzanne J. Crawford and Lynn R. Musslewhite; “’In Death You Shall not Wear It Either’: The Persecution of Mennonite Pacifists in Oklahoma,” Marvin E. Kroeker;“She Never Weakened: The Heroism of Freda Ameringer,” John Thompson; “Wobblies in the Oilfields: The Suppression of the Industrial Workers of the World in Oklahoma,” Nigel sellars; “The Road Once Taken: Socialist Medicine in Southwestern Oklahoma,” Alana Hughes;  “Woody Guthrie: The Oklahoma Years, 1912-1929,” Harry Menig;  “The  New Deal Comes to Shawnee,” Dale E.Soden; “The Social Gospel of Nicholas Comfort,” Bob Cottrell; “Behold the Walls,” Clara Luper;  “The Case of  the Deerslayer,”  Stan Steiner; “Black Oklahoma and Sense of place ,” Jimmie L. Franklin; “The Southern Influence on Oklahoma ,” Danney Goble; “The Creation of an Oklahoma Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights: A Presonal/Historical Essay” Carole Jane Joyce; “Violence and Oppression of Women in Rural Oklahoma,”  Elizabeth D. Barlow; “Oklahoma’s Gay Liberation Movement,” Thomas E. Guild, Joan Luxenburg, and Keith Smith; “Even Among the Sooners, There Are More Important Things than Football,” Alan Ehrenhalt.

In revealing an Oklahoma many have never seen, this book can remind Oklahoma citizens of changes yet to be made, show how to mark them, and (perhaps most important of all) inspire them to do the job.

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Contains 20 essays, some previously published, with brief introductions by editor Joyce (history, East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma). Each essay presents a dimension of Oklahoma's history looked at with new eyes or previously unexamined. Among the topics: socialist medicine in southwestern Oklahoma, black Oklahomans, the Southern influence, abortion rights, violence and oppression of women, gay liberation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806125992
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Pages: 369
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Davis D.Joyce, Professor of History at East Central University, Ada , Oklahoma , served from 1994 to 1996 as Soros Professor of American Studies at Kossuth University in Hungary. He is the author of Edward Channing and the Great Work and History and Historians: Some Essays, editor of A History of the United States by Edward Channing, and coauthor of United States History: A Brief Introduction for Hungarian Students (with Tibor Glant) and The Writing of American History, also published by the University of� Oklahoma Press.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Oklahoma 3
2 The Difficulty of Celebrating an Invasion 15
3 Progressivism in Oklahoma Politics, 1900-1913: A Reinterpretation 27
4 Kate Barnard, Progressivism, and the West 62
5 "In Death You Shall Not Wear It Either": The Persecution of Mennonite Pacifists in Oklahoma 80
6 She Never Weakened: The Heroism of Freda Ameringer 101
7 Wobblies in the Oil Fields: The Suppression of the Industrial Workers of the World in Oklahoma 129
8 The Road Once Taken: Socialist Medicine in Southwestern Oklahoma 145
9 Woody Guthrie: The Oklahoma Years, 1912-1929 162
10 The New Deal Comes to Shawnee 191
11 The Social Gospel of Nicholas Comfort 200
12 Behold the Walls 229
13 The Case of the Deerslayer 249
14 Black Oklahomans and Sense of Place 265
15 The Southern Influence on Oklahoma 280
16 Creating an Oklahoma Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights: A Personal/Historical Essay 302
17 Violence and Oppression of Women in Rural Oklahoma 315
18 Oklahoma's Gay Liberation Movement 328
19 Even Among the Sooners, There Are More Important Things than Football 342
Index 355
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