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Alaska's History: The People, Land, and Events of the North Country (Hardcover)
A lively, take-along account of Alaska's sweeping history made vivid with historical photos and entertaining essays. Topics covered include Native lifestyles before contact with the Europeans; Alexander Baranov and the Russian fur trade; John Muir's visit to Glacier Bay in 1879; the Klondike gold rush stampede; pioneer climbs on Mount McKinley; the exploits of early Alaska Bush pilots; big game hunting in the North Country; Alaska's fisheries, where salmon is king; and today's Native traditions. A history book that's fun to read, Alaska's History sets forth the Last Frontier's glorious past and challenging present.
About the Author
Ritter is a member of the history faculty at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, where he has taught since 1969. He received his doctorate in history from the University of Virginia.