Arizona: A Cavalcade of History, by Marshall Trimble
This book was written by a local folklorist/Southwest Studies instructor. It doesn't sound like a history lesson, but rather like a fireside chat about true stories of humor and heroism. This informative chronology of Arizona's past, interspersed with delightful tales and legends, is suitable for pleasure reading as well as for educational study.
Arizona: A History, by Thomas E. Sheridan
The author of this book is the curator of ethnohistory at the Arizona State Museum. He explores the history of Arizona from the era of the mammoth to the present, and emphasizes the early Hispanic settlers, their history and impact on the state. He also examines how Arizona has changed, with tourists, environmentalists, and outside business interests challenging the ranchers, mining companies, and farmers who once controlled the state. If you're looking for colorful stories or humorous anecdotes, this is not the book for you. This is a well-researched academic book, filled with detailed facts and information.
Arizona Pageant: A Short History of the 48th State, by Madeline Ferrin Pare
Long out of print but still available in some public libraries, this Arizona history text copyright 1965 was written back when Arizona's major industries were still the four C's (cotton, cattle, copper, and climate). I still have fond memories of learning about Arizona history from this book when I was in the 10th grade at Mesa High School. It was all new to me then because my family had just moved here from Western New York, but Arizona's natural wonders and history were fascinating to me - and always will be.
Roadside History of Arizona, by Marshall Trimble
If you travel around Arizona-and even if you don't-this is a good resource to have. Most of the state's major roadways are covered and the author does a nice job of describing historical events that occurred at various locations. Take this book along on car trips for looking up place names, pointing out historic landmarks, and explaining the history behind small towns that you drive by.
, by Martha Summerhayes.
This is the true story of a Nantucket woman who marries a cavalry officer and moves with him to Arizona, "that dreaded and then unknown land," in the late 1800's. It is a personal account of Army life in Indian country, and of raising children in difficult conditions. This charming classic encompasses history, autobiography, travel, and adventure.
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