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Empire of Shadows

The Epic Story of Yellowstone
Black, George, 1949- (Book - 2012)
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A reinterpretation of the 19th-century West documents the exploration of an uninhabited Yellowstone region after the Civil War, evaluating the roles of key contributors while providing coverage of the pioneer era, the Indian wars and period efforts to "civilize" the frontier. By the author of The Trout Pool Paradox. 30,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
“George Black rediscovers the history and lore of one of the planet’s most magnificent landscapes. Read Empire of Shadows, and you’ll never think of our first—in many ways our greatest—national
park in the same way again.”
—Hampton Sides, author of Blood and Thunder
Empire of Shadows is the epic story of the conquest of Yellowstone, a landscape uninhabited, inaccessible and shrouded in myth in the aftermath of the Civil War. In a radical reinterpretation of the nineteenth century West, George Black casts Yellowstone's creation as the culmination of three interwoven strands of history - the passion for exploration, the violence of the Indian Wars and the "civilizing" of the frontier - and charts its course through the lives of those who sought to lay bare its mysteries: Lt. Gustavus Cheyney Doane, a gifted but tormented cavalryman known as "the man who invented Wonderland"; the ambitious former vigilante leader Nathaniel Langford; scientist Ferdinand Hayden, who brought photographer William Henry Jackson and painter Thomas Moran to Yellowstone; and Gen. Phil Sheridan, Civil War hero and architect of the Indian Wars, who finally succeeded in having the new National Park placed under the protection of the US Cavalry. George Black¹s Empire of Shadows is a groundbreaking historical account of the origins of America¹s majestic national landmark.


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Documents the exploration of an uninhabited Yellowstone region after the Civil War, evaluating the roles of key contributors while covering the pioneer era, the American Indian Wars, and efforts to "civilize" the frontier.

Authors: Black, George, 1949-
Statement of Responsibility: George Black
Title: Empire of shadows
the epic story of Yellowstone
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: ix, 548 p., [9] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [435]-526) and index
Contents: The view from Mount Washburn
Pathfinders
Civilizers
Soldiers
Explorers
Tourists
The man who invented Wonderland
Subject Headings: Yellowstone National Park Discovery and exploration Yellowstone National Park History
LCCN: 2011041351
ISBN: 0312383193
9780312383190
Branch Call Number: 978.752 B
Research Call Number: IW 12-4499
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