Print the Legend: Photography and the American West

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This volume tells the intertwined stories of photography and the American West - a new medium and a new place that came of age together in the 19th century. The story begins just a few years after the invention of the daguerreotype in 1839, as pioneering photographers followed American troops into the Mexican-American War. Taking advantage of rapidly developing technology, photographers soon set out across the overland trails, recorded the shifting fortunes of California's goldseekers, pictured native peoples, and documented the spectacular topography of the American West. The new medium of photography made vivid a landscape few Americans had seen for themselves. Resurrecting scores of little-known images of the 19th-century American West, this volume presents tales of ambitious photographic adventurers, missing photographs, and misinterpreted images. Chronicling both the history of a place and the history of a medium, it portrays how Americans first came to understand western photographs and, consequently, to envision their expanding nation.

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Martha Sandweiss has won the OAH Ray Allen TBillington Prize for Print the Legend. The prize is given biennially by the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American frontier history.

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A compelling story of how the new medium of photography and the new American frontier came of age together -- illustrated with scores of stunning images

"Sandweiss has written splendidly about the American West and an American craft and how the two evolved together. Beyond that, she shows us how much we can learn by studying how Americans, quite literally, have pictured themselves." -Elliott West, University of Arkansas

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