• ABOUT THE AUTHOR A native of Memphis, HAMPTON SIDES is editor-at-large for Outside magazine and the author of the international bestseller Ghost Soldiers, which was the basis for the 2005 Miramax film The Great Raid. Ghost Soldiers won the 2002 PEN USA Award for nonfiction and the 2002 Discover Award from Barnes & Noble, and his magazine work has been twice nominated for National Magazine Awards for feature writing. Hampton is also the author of Americana and Stomping Grounds. A graduate of Yale with a B.A. in history, he lives in New Mexico with his wife, Anne, and their three sons. Paperback: 624 pages Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (October 9, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 1400031109 ISBN-13: 978-1400031108 Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • "Josefa; The Lifetime of Maria Josefa Jaramillo Carson," has arrived in the Museum's book store. Barbara Schultz has researched and tracked her subject for the past two years and the result is a wonderful book about a mostly unknown figure of New Mexican history. All proceeds from the sale of "Josefa" go directly to the Museum and will help fund future educational projects.
  • Kit Carson (1809-1868) has long held a prominent place in the popular imagination of the American West. However, little is known about his family life thanks largely to Carson's own guardianship of his privacy. After almost four decades devoted to researching Kit Carson's personal life, Marc Simmons provides information here to further our understanding of Carson. Viewing Kit Carson's career as a husband and father sheds new light on the life choices he made. The changing economy of the 1840s made it increasingly difficult for a trapper and scout to support a growing family. Carson's years as an Indian agent in the 1850s provided him stability although he was never able to spend as much time with his family as any of them would have liked and he was never able to bring in a comfortable income. The Kit Carson Simmons portrays offers a welcome change from recent politicized interpretations of Carson's actions. Series: Calvin P. Horn Lectures in Western History and Culture Paperback: 240 pages Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; 1St Edition edition (May 16, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 0826332978 ISBN-13: 978-0826332974 Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • In 1826 an undersized sixteen-year-old apprentice ran away from a saddle maker in Franklin, Missouri, to join one of the first wagon trains crossing the prairie on the Santa Fe Trail. Kit Carson (1809–68) wanted to be a mountain man, and he spent his next sixteen years learning the paths of the West, the ways of its Native inhabitants, and the habits of the beaver, becoming the most successful and respected fur trapper of his time. From 1842 to 1848 he guided John C. Frémont’s mapping expeditions through the Rockies and was instrumental in the U.S. military conquest of California during the Mexican War. In 1853 he was appointed Indian agent at Taos, and later he helped negotiate treaties with the Apaches, Kiowas, Comanches, Arapahos, Cheyennes, and Utes that finally brought peace to the southwestern frontier. Ralph Moody’s biography of Kit Carson, appropriate for readers young and old, is a testament to the judgment and loyalty of the man who had perhaps more influence than any other on the history and development of the American West. Age Range: 8 and up Grade Level: 3 and up Paperback: 184 pages Publisher: Bison Books (March 1, 2005) Language: English ISBN-10: 0803283040 ISBN-13: 978-0803283046 Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • "Notice is hereby given to all persons, that Christopher Carson, a boy about 16 years old, small of his age, but thick-set; light hair, ran away from the subscriber, living in Franklin, Howard County, Missouri, to whom he had been bound to learn the saddler's trade. . . . One cent reward will be given to any person who will bring back the said boy.' This notice appeared in the Missouri Intelligencer of October 6, 1826, at about the same time that Kit Carson, in the humble role of "cavvy boy" in Bent's Santa Fé caravan, embarked upon his notable career. Thirty years later, a postgraduate of the University of the Wilderness, and for a decade past a national hero, he was persuaded to dictate to a literate friend his own story of his life to date. The account—as modest and undemonstrative as Carson's feats were remarkable—covers his life as a trapper, Indian fighter, guide, and buffalo hunter up to the fall of 1856. Among the high spots during these years were his trapping expedition to California with Ewing Young (1829–1831), his celebrated duel with Shunar at the Green River rendezvous of 1837, the three expeditions with John C. Frémont (1842, 1843–1844, 1845), his exploits in the Mexican War (l846–1848), and his service as an Indian agent. Series: Bison Book S Paperback: 192 pages Publisher: Bison Books; Reprint edition (March 1, 1966) Language: English ISBN-10: 0803250312 ISBN-13: 978-0803250314 Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • History has portrayed Christopher "Kit" Carson in black and white. Best known as a nineteenth-century frontier hero, he has been represented more recently as an Indian killer responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Navajos. Biographer David Remley counters these polarized views, finding Carson to be less than a mythical hero, but more than a simpleminded rascal with a rifle. Kit Carson: The Life of an American Border Man strikes a balance between prevailing notions about this quintessential western figure. Whereas the dime novelists exploited Carson's popular reputation, Remley reveals that the real man was dependable, ethical, and—for his day—relatively open-minded. Sifting through the extensive scholarship about Kit, the author illuminates the key dimensions of Carson's life, including his often neglected Scots-Irish heritage. His people's dire poverty and restlessness, their clannish rural life and sternly Protestant character, committed Carson, like his Scots-Irish ancestors, to loyalty and duty and to following his leader into battle without question. Remley also places Carson in the context of his times by exploring his controversial relations with American Indians. Although despised for the merciless warfare he led on General James H. Carleton's behalf against the Navajos, Carson lived amicably among many Indian people, including the Utes, whom he served as U.S. government agent. Happily married to Waa-Nibe, an Arapaho woman, until her death, he formed a lasting friendship with their daughter, Adaline. Remley sees Carson as a complicated man struggling to master life on America's borders, those highly unstable areas where people of different races, cultures, and languages met, mixed, and fought, sometimes against each other, sometimes together, for the possession of home, hunting rights, and honor. Series: Oklahoma Western Biographies (Book 27) Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (January 15, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0806142731 ISBN-13: 978-0806142739 Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
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