American Studies


Reflections on Burning Man
Edited by Lee GilmoreMark Van Proyen

Stories of the counterculture event that brings together thousands each year for a weeklong spasm of self-expression in the Nevada desert.

New Buffalo

Journals from a Taos Commune
By Arthur Kopecky

Kopecky's journals take us back to the beginnings of New Buffalo, one of the most successful of the communes that dotted the country in the 1960s and 1970s, where he and his comrades encountered magic, wisdom, a mix of people, the Peyote Church, planting, and hard winters.

Salt Dreams

Land and Water in Low-Down California
By William deBuys
Photographs by Joan Myers

A history of the Salton Sea, which has become a prophetic story of mounting environmental crises that impinge on the water supply of southern California's sixteen million people.

Wisconsin Death Trip

By Michael Lesy

A shocking portrait of a small town crumbling--socially, morally, physically and emotionally--under the impact of the great depression of the 1890s. This "cult classic" is now available again in paperback.

The Suppression of Salt of the Earth

How Hollywood, Big Labor, and Politicians Blacklisted a Movie in the American Cold War
By James Lorence

Examines the conception, production, distribution, and suppression of the pioneering labor-feminist film made during the virulently anti-communist era of the Cold War.

Tonto's Revenge

Reflections on American Indian Culture and Policy
By Rennard Strickland

Strickland argues that Indians can better sustain their worldview through law and culture, by remaining true to their heritage, tradition, and spirituality.

The Myth of Santa Fe

Creating a Modern Regional Tradition
By Chris Wilson

Debunks the great tourist myth, and explains how the Santa Fe architectural and design style, so popular with millions of visitors today, was consciously created by Anglos in the early 20th century.

Lady's Choice

Ethel Waxham's Journals and Letters, 1905-1910
Edited by Barbara LoveFrances Love Froidevaux

A rich portrait of a woman's life in the American West of the early 1900s--a love story that reads like a novel.

Aldo Leopold's Southwest

Edited by David E. BrownNeil Carmony

First published in 1990 and now available only from University of New Mexico Press, this volume collects twenty-six of Aldo Leopold's little-known essays and articles published between 1915 and 1948.

John Muir

Life and Work
Edited by Sally Miller

Moving beyond the preservationist/utilitarian dichotomy, these essays reveal the complexity of Muir's contribution, stressing the anthropomorphic, aesthetic, and recreational bases of his values. The insights of the historians, literary critics, philosophers, and scientists presented here provide readers with a greater appreciation for Muir's multidimensional personality and his contributions to the preservation movement.