Violence in the West The Johnson County Range War and the Ludlow Massacre - A Brief History with Documents

ISBN-10: 0312445792

ISBN-13: 9780312445799

Edition: 2009

Authors: Marilynn S. Johnson

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Popular portrayals have long depicted the American frontier of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as a "Wild West" marked by violence. This compelling volume by Marilynn Johnson explores the question of how violent the West truly was and what conditions made violence likely to occur. By examining the case studies of the Johnson County range war in Wyoming and the Ludlow Massacre during the southern Colorado coal strike, Johnson demonstrates that western violence in this period was a product of the transformation of the West from a rugged frontier to a capitalist market. The introduction provides an overview of the range and mining wars that plagued the region and the specific cases the book examines. The primary sources collected by Johnson including newspaper reports, industrialists' accounts, union documents, and personal memoirs offer a vivid portrait of tensions surrounding land use, industrial development, labor, and race and ethnicity that fueled violence and ultimately contributed to western development. An epilogue looks at how these events have been remembered and how popular culture has helped keep the mystique of the Wild West alive. Document headnotes, two chronologies, questions for consideration, a selected bibliography, and an index enrich student exploration of this often-misunderstood part of American history.
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List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 9/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

The American West: A Violent Land?
The Range Wars
The Johnson County War
The Mining Wars
The Colorado Coal Strike
The Taming of the West
The Documents
The Johnson County War
Walter Baron Von Richthofen, Cattle Raising on the Plains of North America, 1885
Emerson Hough, The Rustler, 1897
Frank M. Canton, Frontier Trails, 1930
Oscar "Jack" Flagg, The Waterloo of the Barons, 1892
Cheyenne Sun, Two Notorious Characters Hanged for Cattle Stealing, 1889
John H. Fales, Neither of them ever stole a cow, 1955
John Clay, My Life on the Range, 1924
Asa Shinn Mercer, The Banditti of the Plains, 1894
Sam Clover, Riding with the Regulators, 1892
Oscar "Jack" Flagg, The Siege at the TA Ranch, 1892
Editorial, Cheyenne Daily Leader, 1892
Editorial, Cheyenne Daily Sun, 1892
F.A. Meredith, The Wyoming Cattle War, 1892
Officers of the Ninth Cavalry, The Suggs Affair, 1892
Asa Shinn Mercer, The Trial of the Invaders, 1894
Anonymous, The Invasion Song, 1890s
The Colorado Coal Strike
United Mine Workers of America, District 15, Strike Resolutions, 1913
George West, U.S. Commission on Industrial Relations, Report on the Colorado Strike, 1915
John D. Rockefeller, Jr., The Colorado Fuel and Iron Company and the Colorado Strike, 1913
United Mine Workers of America, TheGovernor and the Coal Operators, 1914
Colorado State Federation of Labor, Militarism in Colorado, 1914
Mother Jones, In Rockefeller's Prisons, 1925
Rocky Mountain News and United Mine Workers Journal, The January 22nd Riot, 1914
Colorado Adjutant General, Report on Battle of Ludlow, 1914
Mary O'Neal, Those Damn Foreigners, 1971
Pearl Jolly, Under Fire in the Ludlow Tent Colony, 1914
William Snyder, Affidavit Given to the Commission on Industrial Relations, 1914
Godfrey Irwin, The Killing of Louis Tikas, 1914
John Sloan, The Aftermath of Ludlow, 1914
John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Labor and Capital-Partners, 1916
Epilogue: Remembering Johnson County and Ludlow
A Chronology of Events: The Johnson County War
A Chronology of Events: The Colorado Coal Strike
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography
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