Alternative Oklahoma: Contrarian Views of the Sooner State by Davis D. Joyce, Fred L. Harris

By Davis D. Joyce, Fred L. Harris

Contrarian faster perspectives of Oklahoma history

How many folks rather comprehend each part to Oklahoma’s earlier and present?

In this better half to his earlier quantity, “An Oklahoma I Had by no means obvious Before,” Davis D. Joyce provides fourteen essays that interpret Oklahoma’s designated populist previous and tackle present political and social matters. Joyce invited students and political activists to talk their minds on topics starting from gender, race, and faith to well known tune, the power undefined, and economics.

These decidedly contrarian quicker voices replicate the revolutionary, libertarian, or even radical viewpoints that motivated the state’s construction. participants speak of starting to be up “Okie and radical,” of the legacy of Woody Guthrie within the crimson dust song scene, and of the Sunbelt Alliance that helped to prevent the construction of the Black Fox nuclear energy plant. they appear again at Oklahoma City’s position within the early civil rights sit-in stream and at an Oklahoman’s adventure with Vietnam Veterans opposed to the battle. they think about faith open air the mainstream—and daily ladies squarely inside those particular expressions of faith.

In assembling those attractive essays approximately Oklahoma and its prior, Joyce calls at the replacement method of historical past championed by means of Howard Zinn and in addition invokes Oklahoman Paul Harvey in providing us “the remainder of the story.”

Alternative Oklahoma urges a decent replacement exploration of the state’s diversified prior. It’s an Oklahoma heritage that takes under consideration the neglected and the left in the back of and contributes to a extra open political discussion in a country too frequently pushed aside as certainly “red.”

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He lived in California and parts of Oregon. In Oregon, he was a star football player in high school. It was his job that brought him to Oklahoma. The international oil tool company that he worked for moved him to Ada, and that is where he and Maurine met. He shared her love for Oklahoma. ’’≤ Ada was founded in 1890 by men who had driven their cattle into the Nation from Texas. Cattle were thus the primary business, but oil soon entered the picture. The town’s post o≈ce was named for the oldest daughter of one of its earliest settlers, postmaster Je√ Reed.

E. , ALC-USAO. 9. Anna Lewis, ‘‘The Rights of Women,’’ ALC-USAO; Anna Lewis, ‘‘The Teaching of History,’’ ALC-USAO; clipping, D. L. Birchfield, ‘‘Anna Lewis, Choctaw Historian,’’ review of Pushmataha, American Patriot by Anna Lewis, Spirit Talk 2 (1994): 21–23, ALC-USAO; William F. Semple, review of Pushmataha, American Patriot, by Anna Lewis, Chronicles 37 (Summer 1959): 255–56. 10. Angie Debo, ‘‘A Dedication to the Memory of Carolyn Thomas Foreman, 1872– 1967,’’ Arizona and the West 16 (Autumn 1974): 215.

Instead of catering to the customs and habits of those from other areas, we should cling to our values and traditions. ’’ Paula Showman Bridges seems to create her own environment. ’’ JULIE Julie Tattershall lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is the artistic director at both the Heller Theatre and the Clark Theatre. She is constantly challenging the people of this city that lies in the bend of the Arkansas River with her work as an actress, director, and writer. Through her work, she has been able to give the community a better understanding of theater.

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