Kent State historian Kevin Adams’s Class and Race in the Frontier Army: Military Life in the West, 1870-1890 is somewhat mistitled. Almost all of it deals with class separation in the army, especially between officers and enlisted men. Adams intelligently shows how most frontier officers were focused on social status and not on military strategy. The everyday soldier was frequently detailed to common labor. As a result, the U.S. military was too often unprepared for the challenges of the West. That cost a lot of lives on both sides.
In This Issue:
Western Books & Movies
- Overnight Success When Hauling
- Fort Laramie: Military Bastion of the High Plains
- The American Military Frontiers: The United States Army in the West, 1783-1900
- Class and Race in the Frontier Army: Military Life in the West, 1870-1890
- A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn—the Last Great Battle of the American West
- How Hollywood Saved the Durango & Silverton
- Custer Survivor
- The Lincoln County War: A Documentary History
- Yahsi Bati
- Laurie’s Wild West
- On the Set of The Gundown
More In This Issue
- McKinney Meets His Maker
- Cherokee Nation’s Tahlequah, Oklahoma
- What is a Club Room?
- What was the make of revolver used by Clint Eastwood in Pale Rider?
- Do you believe the story that Jesse James met Billy the Kid in 1879?
- What was a typical breakfast in the Old West?
- What can you tell me about Canyon Diablo, Arizona?
- How common was locoweed poisoning in the Old West?
- Jeff Hildebrandt
- Living Like the Boggs
- A Grave Matter for Mattie Earp
- The Russian River’s Redwoods
- The Sharpshooter’s Choice
- The Pony Rides Again, 150 Years Later
- Sacred Ground
- Sawbones, Literally
- Sunday Dinner
- Sons of the Pioneers Spice Up Music Auction
- Surviving Festival of the West
- Horse Romance