Montana’s First Black Mayor(s)

Editor’s Note Brian J. Leech is an Assistant Professor of History at Augustana College and a native of Montana. He is working on his first book on the consequences of open-pit mining in Butte. By Brian James Leech Although the gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey gained the most press coverage, the recent election […]

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Is Wilderness Sustainable? *

By Joseph Taylor III Living in western North America in late summer can feel apocalyptic. Inevitably, it seems, the region is encircled by fire. The 2015 wildfire season consumed a record-setting ten million acres mostly in California, Washington, and Alaska. Last year California, Arizona, and New Mexico were besieged. This year fire enveloped California, Oregon, […]

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Wallace Stegner Center Hosts Western Historians Sara Dant and Leisl Carr Childers

It is not often that two western historians evoke Erico Fermi in framing the environmental challenges facing the region. Over the last two weeks, the University of Utah’s Wallace Stegner Center hosted western historians Sara Dant and Leisl Carr Childers in separate book talks in the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Both Dant and Carr Childers recommended provocative new ways of […]

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This Day of Remembrance – Ansel Adams at Manzanar

By Mike Childers At Manzanar, in the presence of the ancient mountains, another tragic episode of history struggles for solution. Because of evacuation enforced by military order all along the coast, homes were abandoned, and trades and enterprises relinquished. Scenes of pleasant childhood draw into unreal distance; the future is only a hope, no longer […]

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Following the Money in the West

by Leisl Carr Childers A review of Follow the Money: A Spatial History for In-Lieu Programs for Western Federal Lands Follow the Money: A Spatial History of In-Lieu Programs for Western Federal Lands. Joseph e. Taylor, III, Krista Fryauff, Erik Steiner, et. al., Creators; Spatial History Project at Stanford University Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, […]

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