Hidden Treasures of the American West

hidden-treasuresThe chronicles of Oklahoma’s history are more complete because of these three women: Muriel Wright (editor of The Chronicles of Oklahoma), Angie Debo (Payne County Historical Society) and Alice Marriott (anthropologist). Despite their tremendous contributions to the state’s history, these scholars mostly led invisible lives, never gaining the true recognition as historians that they deserved. Patricia Loughlin corrects this grievous error, in a University of New Mexico publication no less. Her incredible insight into their scholarship of Oklahoma’s Indians portrays not only why they should be commended, but also reveals the patriarchal workings that held them back from the honors that should’ve been bestowed upon them. Loughlin’s compelling study enlivens these women so well that you’ll find yourself inspired to read each of their far-reaching books. —Meghan Saar

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