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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Oklahoma looms large in the legends and imagination of westering Americans. Much more than one of the most northeastern of the Southwestern states, Oklahoma in the hearts and minds of many amounts to the fiction of Edna Ferber's Cimarron or John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. "Okies" assuredly have their own mystique if not their own stereotype. Anne Hodges Morgan and Rennard Strickland, the editors of Oklahoma Memories, seek to document that the "history" of Oklahoma, as recorded by people who have traveled across it and settled it from Indian Territory days to the present, is just as fascinating as its "story." And much of that fascination, as this collection of first-hand reminiscences and reporting shows, focuses on the various Native American peoples-generally the so-named Five Civilized Tribes-who have played every bit as large a part in defining Oklahoma as place, idea, and myth, as the oil derricks which stake the state and various and sundry millionaires wheeling and dealing in Tulsa.
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