Print the Legend: Photography and the American West

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Yale University Press, 2002 - History - 402 pages
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This prize-winning book tells the intertwined stories of photography and the American West-a new medium and a new place that came of age together in the nineteenth century. "Excellent . . . rewarding . . . a provocative look at the limits of photography as recorder of history-and its role in perpetuating myth."-Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News "A sophisticated and engaging exploration of photography and the West . . . A really handsome work."-James McWilliams, Austin Chronicle "A wonderful book."-Vernon Peter, Sunday Oregonian "A deliciously intelligent new book . . . so engrossing you can't stop reading."-Michael More, Albuquerque Journal "Print the Legend belongs on that short shelf of essential books about the American West."-James P. Ronda, University of Tulsa
  

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This passionate and compassionate book is closer to historiography (how historians do their work) than to history. Sandweiss (American studies & history, Amherst Coll.; coeditor, The Oxford History ... Read full review

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I wouldn't say I was entertained reading this book, but as a work of scholarship it's pretty damn amazing. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
ix
Picture Stories Photography and the NineteenthCentury West
1
The Spirit Is Wanting Photography and the MexicanAmerican War
15
Of Instruction for Their Faithfulness Panoramas Indian Galleries and Western Daguerreotypes
47
A Panorama of the Country Government Enterprise Daguerreotypes and the Exploration of the Far West
87
The Attempt Has Not Met with Distinguished Success Early WetPlate Photography and Western Exploration
121
Westward the Course of Empire Photography and the Invention of an American Future
155
Mementoes of the Race Photography and the American Indian
207
Print the Legend Western Photography and the Illustrated Book
275
Pictures as History and Memory Photography and the Story of the Western Past
325
Notes
345
Index
391
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Martha A. Sandweiss is professor of history and American studies at Amherst College.

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