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Gunfighters, Highwaymen, and Vigilantes: Violence on the Frontier
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McGrath offers a carefully documented narrative of the day to day goings on during the gold rush. The data is from public records and the fill-in is from newspaper archives. A detailed yet readable account of frontier life. Far better than any cowboy novel, this is the real west.
McGrath's publication was used as the textbook for a very popular course he taught on American West history at the University of California, Los Angeles, while I was a full-time employee on that campus. I purchased my copy at the ASUCLA Student's Store in 1990, and I have gone back to reread sections from it numerous times over the years as GUNFIGHTERS, HIGHWAYMEN & VIGILANTES examines my favorite American epoch and it raises scholarly historical research to an absolute art form! Sifting through innumerable newspapers, as well as court records, jail registers, and journal entries from that time, McGrath fashions a nearly comprehensive account of the violent goings-on in the Nineteenth Century California mining camps of Aurora and Bodie. (In its time, Bodie was considered to be perhaps the wildest of all Wild West towns.Read more ›
Roger McGrath is one of a dying breed of historians who care about facts and research. Get this book if you have any interest in either the old west or the history of violence in America.
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Great book, dispelling the myth of the violent west. By comparison to modern day mid-sized cities or small towns, we are 30 times more violent than the most violent old west... Read morePublished 1 month ago by William Cole
I loved this book! It is instructive, entertaining, and at times it is also really, really funny. The book also has a lot of pathos. Kudos to this author! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Betty#61
I bought this as a gift for my husband. As a major history buff, he loves it. Roger McGrath is a favorite historian of his and this book definitely did not disappoint.Published on July 2, 2014 by Linda S.