A lively, take-along account of Alaska's sweeping history made vivid with historical photos and entertaining essays. Topics covered include Native lifestyles before contact with the Europeans; Alexander Baranov and the Russian fur trade; John Muir's visit to Glacier Bay in 1879; the Klondike gold rush stampede; pioneer climbs on Mount McKinley; the exploits of early Alaska Bush pilots; big game hunting in the North Country; Alaska's fisheries, where salmon is king; and today's Native traditions.
A history book that's fun to read, Alaska's History sets forth the Last Frontier's glorious past and challenging present.
About the Author
Ritter is a professor emeritus in the Department of History at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, where he taught for more than forty years. He received his doctorate in history from the University of Virginia. He has lectured on Alaska's history aboard the SS Universe during its Inside Passage and Gulf of Alaska cruises.
Table of Contents
1 Alaska: The Great Land
2 Native Traditions
3 Russian America: The Forgotten Frontier
4 Explorers, Adventurers, and Naturalists: America's New Frontier
5 Alaska in the Twentieth Century
6 Geography, Climate, and Natural Extremes
7 Economics and the Environment
8 Preserving the Great Land
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Quick, thorough guide to Alaskan history. I read this book quickly when traveling through Alaska, as an attempt to better appreciate the history while I was there. While fairly brief, it was easy to read quickly & introduce topics I know I could look more into should I desire.