j Fiction The Brave Cowboy by Joan Walsh Anglund. Imaginary adventures with Indians, wild animals, and outlaws keep a little cowboy busy.
jj Fiction Going West: adapted from the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Renée Graef. A young pioneer girl and her family leave Wisconsin and travel west in their covered wagon.
j Fiction The Journal of Joshua Loper: A Black Cowboy by Walter Dean Myers. In 1871 a sixteen-year-old black cowboy records his experiences making his first cattle drive under an unsympathetic trail boss.
j Fiction The Longest Ride by Denise Lewis Patrick. At the end of the Civil War, Midnight, a fourteen-year-old black cowboy and runaway slave who nurtures the dream of being reunited with his family, finds his destiny linked with that of two Arapaho Indians.
jj 978 Cowboys by Lucille Recht Penner; illustrated by Ben Carte. An overview of the life and legend of the American cowboy.
jj 978.02 The Homestead Act by Elaine Landau. Discusses the 1804 Homestead act that offered United States citizens and immigrants large tracts of inexpensive land on the Great Plains.
j 917.8042 Children of the Westward Trail by Rebecca Stefoff. What life was like for those children who were uprooted from their midwestern homes and transported by their families across the frontier.
j 978 Life in the Wild West by Arthur K. Britton. Life in the West during the last half of the nineteenth century. Outlaws, cowboys, ranch life, Native Americans, and more.
j 978.0049 Go West : First Contact with Native Nations by Cynthia O'Brien. Discover how the mass invasion of settlers impacted the indigenous peoples of the West from the gradual encroachment of white settlers on their traditional lands t0 the end of Native American resistance in the 1890s.
j 978.02 Beyond the Frontier : the Story of the Trails West by Edward F. Dolan. Describes the journeys west made by many settlers in the mid-1800s discussing their reasons for going, the difficulties they faced, and life on the way
j 978.02 Cowboys of the Wild West by Russell Freedman. Describes in text and illustrations the day-to-day life of cowboys from the 1860's to the 1890's, including their duties, clothes, and equipment.
j 978.02 Pioneers written by Leonard J. Matthews ; illustrated by Geoffrey Campion and others. Examines the reasons for the westward migration of the nineteenth century and chronicles the experiences of the men and women who traveled west to establish farms, ranches, towns, and cities.
j 978.02 Into the West: From Reconstruction to the Final Days of the American Frontier by James M. McPherson. A sweeping account of America's westward expansion. Filled with maps, period photos, illustrations, and anecdotes.
978 The American West by Dee Brown ; photos edited by Martin F.Schmitt. Recreates the struggles of Native Americans, settlers, and ranchers in this stunning volume that illuminates the history of the old West that’s filled with maps and vintage photographs.
978.008 The Gentle Tamers: Women of the Old Wild West by Dee Brown. All aspects of western feminine life covered in this lively, informal but soundly factual account of the women who built the West.
978.02 Daily Life on the Nineteenth Century American Frontier by Mary Ellen Jones. Comprehensive social history of the westward movement explores the details of everyday living on the American frontier
Children and Young Adults
jj Fiction Doesn’t Fall Off His Horse by Virginia A. Stroud. A look into the life of a Kiowa boy at the end of the 19th century. A very old man tells his great-granddaughter a true story about a daring raid on an enemy tribe.
j Fiction Wait for Me, Watch for Me, Eula Bee by Patricia Beatty. With his father and brother serving in the Confederate Army and the rest of his family murdered in a Comanche raid on their west Texas farm, 13-year-old Lewallen seeks to free himself and his younger sister from their Indian captivity.
j Fiction The Beaded Moccasins: The Story of Mary Campbell by Lynda Durrant. After being captured by a group of Delaware Indians and given to their leader as a replacement for his dead granddaughter, twelve-year-old Mary Campbell is forced to travel on foot with them to Ohio and ultimately adapt to their ways. Based on the story of the real Mary Campbell.
j Fiction Where the Broken Heart Still Beats: The Story of Cynthia Ann Parker by Carolyn Meyer. The moving tale, based on a true story, of a white woman who lived her life among the Comanche Indians, married the chief, and in 1861 was captured along with her daughter and returned against her will to a white settlement.
YA Fiction American Woman by Rodrigo Garcia y Robertson. The battle of the Little Big Horn from the Indian point of view. The novel is narrated by Sarah Kilory, a white Quaker schoolteacher from Pennsylvania who went west to teach Indian children and married an Indian chief. Through her eyes we see the white threat to Indian culture and the events that led to the famous battle.
j 398.2 Hold Up the Sky: And Other Native American Tales From Texas and the Southern Plains by Jane Louise Curry. Twenty-six tales from Native Americans whose traditional lands were in Texas and the Southern Plains, and a brief introduction to the history of each tribe.
j 419 North American Indian Sign Language by Karen Liptak, illustrations by Don Berry. The basic vocabulary needed to communicate in the most commonly used form of sign language among North American Indians.
j 970.3 KIOWA The Kiowa Indians by Terrance Dolan. Introduction to the history and culture of the Kiowa Indian tribe.
j 970.478 Daily Life in a Plains Indian Village, 1868 by Michael Bad Hand Terry. The historical background, social organization, and daily life of a Plains Indian village in 1868.
Fiction The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles. The story of two families, one headed by a former slave and one by a Quaker, who settle in the Kiowa/Comanche territory of Texas during the Civil War.
Fiction Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. Chronicles a cattle drive in the nineteenth century from Texas to Montana, and follows the lives of Gus and Call, the cowboys heading the drive, Gus's woman, Lorena, and Blue Duck, a sinister Indian renegade.
Western The Kiowa Verdict by Cynthia Haseloff. When Kiowa war chief, Santana, boasted that he had led a war party that robbed and tortured members of a wagon train, he instigated his own arrest and trial. But a Texas court had to determine whether his boastful statement was self-incrimination and therefore should not be allowed in evidence.
Western The Searchers by Alan Le May. Two men with very different agendas push their endurance beyond all faith and hope to find a girl captured by the Comanche.
970.3 COMANCHE The Comanche Empire by Pekka Hämäläinen. Discusses the powerful Comanches in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; their military ability, political dominance, and commercial and cultural influence as they resisted European colonization until their defeat in 1875.
973.0497 Captured by the Indians : 15 Firsthand Accounts, 1750-1870 edited by Frederick Drimmer.
Fifteen eyewitness accounts of Indian captivity recounting suffering and torture, bloody massacres, miraculous escapes, and adoption into Indian tribes.
976.4404 K84 The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier by Scott Zesch. The author's great-great-great uncle was 10 when he was kidnapped by Plains Indians, living for three years their rough, nomadic existence and becoming a fierce warrior. Never readjusting to white society, he spent his last years in a cave.
978.00497 P242 Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S.C. Gwynne. In this historical account, the Comanches kidnapped nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker, who grew to love her captors and stayed with them until she was recaptured by Texas Rangers in 1860.
978.904 A543 Andele, or the Mexican-Kiowa Captive - A Story of Real Life Among the Indians by J.J. Methvin. A ten year-old boy is abducted from his home and sold to Kiowa chief Many Bears to be his “grandson.” Renamed Andele, he adapts to his new life and grows to manhood among the Kiowa. In later years he tries to reclaim his former life with his family in New Mexico, but still strongly identifies with the Kiowa and ultimately returns to their reservation.
979.0049 O11 The Captivity of the Oatman Girls Among the Apache and Mohave Indians by Lorenzo D Oatman and Olive A Oatman. Riveting true-life story recounts the 1851 capture of two sisters after the massacre of their family, their life among their Indian captors, and the miraculous rescue conducted by their surviving brother.
979.00497 O11 [Biography] The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman by Margot Mifflin. Captured and enslaved by Yavapai Indians, Oatman was later traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their own. She was fully assimilated when at nineteen she was ransomed back to white society where she became something of a celebrity.
jj Fiction Extra! Extra! Fairy-tale News from Hidden Forest Illustrated by Leslie Tryon. Written and laid out in newspaper format, fairy-tale characters are hitting the presses and making headlines.
jj 070 [ER] Newspaper by Catherine Anderson. How a newspaper is put together, what a newsroom is like, and who the people are who work to produce a newspaper.
j 070.172 The young journalist's book : how to write and produce your own newspaper by Donna Guthrie and Nancy Bentley ; illustrated by Katy Keck Arnsteen. Describes the various functions and elements of a newspaper, giving practical advice on writing, producing, and distribution.
j 070.4 Choosing news : what gets reported and why by Barb Palser.
More news sources are available to us than ever before. But who decides what is news? Learn to identify good news sources and watch for slant.
j070.92 B661 [Biography] Bylines : a Photobiography of Nellie Bly by Sue Macy. The life story of the daring pioneering American journalist in the late 1880's.
071.309 The Golden Age of the Newspaper by George H. Douglas. Details the development of the bond between newspapers and the citizens of a democratic republic and how the newspapers molded themselves into a distinctly American character to become an intimate part of daily life.
973.711 Fanatics and Fire-Eaters: newspapers and the coming of the Civil War by Lorman A. Ratner and Dwight L. Teeter, Jr. Looks at 6 issues/incidents leading up to the Civil War and examines them from the perspective of the way they were presented and commented on in the press, both North and South
j Fiction The Buffalo Soldier by Sherry Garland ; illustrated by Ronald Himler. Realizing that his future lies in owning land, not just being free, a young man raised as a slave becomes a buffalo soldier--a member of an all-black cavalry regiment formed to protect white settlers from Indians, bandits, and outlaws.
j 973.8 Reconstruction: Outcomes of the Civil War by Susan S. Wittman. The Reconstruction period after the American Civil War, including the rebuilding of the South and the establishment of laws protecting the rights of African-Americans.
j 973.8 The Reconstruction Era by Bettye Stroud with Virginia Schomp. Traces the history of Reconstruction, from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to 1877, when federal troops were removed from the South.
j 978.02 The New South and the Old West, 1866-1890 by Tim McNeese ; consulting editor, Richard Jensen Takes readers on a journey through the efforts to reconstruct the ravaged South and the push to create new life in the promising land to the west of the Mississippi.
973.8 Reconstruction, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner. The post Civil War period and the way in which Americans, black and white, responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the war and the end of slavery.