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Oklahoma: A History Hardcover – October 31, 2008

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"Lively prose, vivid biographical vignettes, and artful synthesis make this book the best brief overview of Oklahoma ever written". --Chronicles of Oklahoma --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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W. David Baird is Dean of Seaver College and Howard A. White Professor of History at Perpperdine University, Malibu, California. Danney Goble (1946-2007) was Professor of Classics at the University of Oklahoma. Baird and Goble, both Oklahoma natives, cowrote the high school textbook The Story of Oklahoma, 2nd edition. The first edition was named the Oklahoma History Book of the Year by the Oklahoma Historical Society.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr (Trd); 1St Edition edition (October 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806139102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806139104
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After accepting a new job offer, I recently relocated to Oklahoma City. Knowing next to nothing about the state, I wanted to get a background on Oklahoma's history before I arrived. I felt that this work did a spectacular job detailing Oklahoma's geography, Native American history, settlement and journey into statehood. It also provided a resident's view of modern political trends and cultural norms. Overall, I thought it was a well-written story of Oklahoma's past.
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This was a required read for my Oklahoma history class, but the narrative writing style is more like a novel. Really enjoyed reading this book and although I resell most of my school books, this one has earned a permanent place on my shelf. Highly recommended if you enjoy reading about the history of Oklahoma.
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Historians and college professors W. David Baird and Danney Goble present Oklahoma: A History, an in-depth, narrative history of America's 46th state. From the geological and tectonic creation of Oklahoma's landscape to both well-known and oft-overlooked historical events, Oklahoma: A History narrates in a down-to-earth style accessible to historians and lay readers alike. "The collapse of the Socialist Party and the end of World War I brought no tranquility... High among the reasons for this political turmoil was the bitterness felt by former Socialists. Their party had not survived the war, but neither had the high farm prices that the war produced... On top of that, the former Socialists carried a bitter grudge against the Democrats, whom they blamed for destroying their party. Unable to vote Socialist and unwilling to vote Democratic, their first recourse was to vote for the one remaining alternative, the Republicans." A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this excellent addition to Oklahoma and American history collections, highly recommended especially for public libraries.
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This is an interesting book from a premier authourity on the history of Oklahoma, from its Native American tribes and history to the settling of the territory prior to its statehood. Nicely written and a good read for those interested in the subject.
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This was a very thorough, well researched overview of the history of Oklahoma. I found it very interesting, and after reading it, I found Oklahoma much more interesting. I moved to Oklahoma only four years ago. This book helped me understand the people and background of Oklahoma. I recommend it to new comers as well as those who have lived here for years.
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I am planning a 10 day trip to Oklahoma, and this book gave me an excellent overview of the history of the state. It also has an appendix of sites that are relevant to the various episodes in the state's history.
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I ordered this book in anticipation of moving to Oklahoma and teaching Oklahoma History at the high school level. Baird and Goble do a nice job of covering the various periods of the state's history including the pertinent facts as well as including illustrative and entertaining anecdotes. I have learned a lot more about the state than anticipated and am looking forward to living and working in such a fascinating place. On a side note, in the appendix is a section entitled "See History for Yourself" which includes trips to historic sites throughout the state. I look forward to planning and visiting as many of the these sites as possible.
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Live in Oklahoma but it has been many years since I took Oklahoma History in school. Wanted to review Indian tribes and history. This book was perfect.
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