American Studies

An Unsettled Country

Changing Landscapes of the American West
By Donald Worster

In these four essays, which were presented as the 1992 Calvin P. Horn Lectures in Western History and Culture, Donald Worster incisively discusses the role of the natural environment in the making of the West--and often in its unmaking and remaking.

Taking the Wheel

Women and the Coming of the Motor Age
By Virginia Scharff

Scharff looks at women's struggles to be accepted as drivers.

Western Women

Their Land, Their Lives
Edited by Lillian SchlisselJanice MonkVicki L. Ruiz

These essays analyze and interpret studies on women's roles in the American West.

Edge of Taos Desert

An Escape to Reality
By Mabel Dodge Luhan

Autobiographical account describing Luhan's first months in New Mexico.

Mabel Dodge Luhan

New Woman, New Worlds
By Lois Palken Rudnick

The definitive biography of a cultural icon.

The Lost Land

The Chicano Image of the Southwest
By John R. Chávez

A fascinating intellectual history of Hispano self-perception, this book traces the changes in Hispano views of the Southwest from earliest times to the present, particularly since the 1848 signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.