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Many of us have been given assignments which require research. Unfortunately, we are seldom told what the good sources are. Partially to create a study list for myself, and partially to list suggestions for the one or two of you who will see this, I will list books that I have read here, as well as short descriptions and evaluations of those books. Some of the books may just be books I read just for entertainment but I will list them if people want to see what I find amusing.

Westward Movement - Most of these books will have been read in my Westward Movement class. I will probably be adding a book or two every couple of weeks as I complete them.
Reid, John Phillip. Policing the Elephant: Crime, Punishment, and Social Behavior on the Overland Trail. San Marino: Huntington Library, 1997. A fascinating, though at times repetitive, read. It discusses how people traveling to the West viewed crime. People often think of the West as some lawless land but this book shows otherwise. People went to great lengths to provide what they felt was justice. True, the institutions may not have had a perfect resemblance to the institutions existing back east, but people reconstructed them as they thought they existed.
Ronda, James P. ed. Voyages of Discovery: Essays on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Helena: Montana Historical Society Press, 1998. This book is a collection of essays on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It also includes reproductions of some original documents such as letters, journal entries, and newspaper items. Some of the essays are rather interesting, and will give you some excellent analysis on the expedition.
Weeks, Philip. Farewell, My Nation: The American Indian and the United States in the Nineteenth Century. 2nd Ed. Wheeling: Harlan Davidson, 2001. A good but brief account of the relations between the US and the American Indians in the 19th century. The fascinating thing is that it describes some of those who spoke out against the treatment of the Indians. True, the number of these people was limited but people have often gone to the extreme that all Americans were sadistic butchers. This account reminds us that while there were those whose cruelty is well documented, there were also those who spoke out. In addition, the books shows that some of the problems came about because the two groups simply did not understand one another.