Thomas Jefferson Institute
for Study of the
Western Expansion of America




















     The Jefferson Institute would like to recommend the following books relating to various aspects of the Western Expansion of America.

     The recommendation of these books does not necessarily constitute an endorsement.

     They are recommended in order to stimulate discussion of the Western Expansion of America.

America and the Robber Barons, 1865 to 1913

American Indian Myths and Legends (Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library):

Book of Buckskinning

Colt : An American

Iron Wheels and Broken men: The Railroad Barons and the Plunder of the West

Jedediah Smith and the Opening of the West

Jim Bridger

Jim Bridger, Mountain Man

John D. Rockefeller: Robber Baron or Industrial Statesman?

Mining Camps and Ghost Towns: A History of Mining in Arizona and California Along the Lower Colorado (Great West and Indian Series, V. 42)

Mountain Men and Fur Traders of the Far West

Saga of Hugh Glass: Pirate, Pawnee and Mountain Man

Rise of the big businessman: Robber baron or hero of industry?

Robber Barons: The Great American Capitalists

The Age of the Moguls: The Story of the Robber Barons and the Great Tycoons

The American Fur Trade of the Far West (Volume 1)

The American Railroad Passenger Car

The Legend of the Robber Barons

The Robber Barons

The Robber Barons – 2

The White Man's Indian : Images of the American Indian from Columbus to the Present

Trappers of the Far West: Sixteen Biographical Sketches 

American Indian Medicine (Civilization of the American Indian Series)

Winchester : An American Legend: The Official History of Winchester Firearms and Ammunition from 1849 to the Present

Power and Glory

The American Indian in Western Legal Thought : The Discourses of Conquest

The Fur Trade of the American West, 1807-1840: A Geographical Synthesis

The Rise of Big Business, 1860-1920

Daniel Boone : The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer (An Owl Book)

Documentary : A History of the Non-Fiction Film

John Colter: His Years in the Rockies

Wealth and Passion



Iron Horses Across America: The Transcontinental Railroad

Winchester Lever Action Repeating Firearms : The Models of 1866, 1873 & 1876 (For Collectors Only): Books

And Die in the West: Story of the O.K.Corral Gunfight

Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn: An Encyclopedia of the People, Places, Events, Indian Culture and Customs, Information Sources, Art and Films

Full Steam Ahead

American Railroads

French Fur Traders and Voyageurs in the American West

Mountain Men of the American West

The Journals of Lewis and Clark (Lewis & Clark Expedition)

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West

The Frontier World of Doc Holliday: Faro Dealer from Dallas to Deadwood

Davy Crockett

Encyclopedia of Native American Healing (Healing Arts)

Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend

American Indian Healing Arts : Herbs, Rituals, and Remedies for Every Season of Life (Healing Arts)

Apache Nightmare: The Battle at Cibecue Creek (The Civilization of the American Indian Series)

Encyclopedia of American Indian Wars 1492-1890

Massacre Along the Medicine Road: A Social History of the Indian War of 1864 in Nebraska Territory

The Northern Railroads in the Civil War, 1861-1865

The Oxford History of World Cinema

The Rise of Industry 1860-1900: 1860-1900

The Routledge Historical Atlas of the American Railroads

A Native American Encyclopedia : History, Culture, and Peoples

Cinema: Year by Year, 1894-2000

Dueling Eagles: Reinterpreting the U. S.-Mexican War, 1846-1848

More Classic American Railroads (Classic American Railroads)

Native North America (Civilization of the American Indian)

So Far from God: The U.S. War With Mexico, 1846-1848

Trains Across the Continent: North American Railroad History

Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon

History of Winchester Firearms

Mr. Polk's Army: American Military Experience in the Mexican War

Secrets of Native American Herbal Remedies: A Comprehensive Guide to the Native American Tradition of Using Herbs and the Mind/Body/Spirit Connection for Improving Health and Well-Being

The Struggle for Apacheria (Eyewitnesses to the Indian Wars, 1865-1890)

The Wild Frontier : Atrocities During the American-Indian War from Jamestown Colony to Wounded Knee

American Indians in American History, 1870-2001: A Companion Reader

Andrew Carnegie : Robber Baron as American Hero

Indian Wars

Lewis & Clark: Voyage of Discovery

National Geographic Guide to the Lewis & Clark Trail

Railroads: The History of the American Railroads in 500 Photos

Streamliners A History of Railroad Icon

The Custer Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to the Life of George Armstrong Custer and the Plains Indian Wars

The Wars for the Pacific Northwest (Eyewitnesses to the Indian Wars, 1865-1890)

Wisdom from the Robber Barons: Enduring Business Lessons from Rockefeller, Morgan, and the First Industrialists  

The Real Wild West: The Making of a Nation

A Wilderness So Immense : The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America (Lewis & Clark Expedition)

At the Jim Bridger: Stories

Circle of Fire: The Indian War of 1865

Conquering the Southern Plains (Eyewitnesses to the Indian Wars, 1865-1890)

Encyclopedia of Indian Wars: Western Battles and Skirmishes 1850-1890

Honoring the Medicine : The Essential Guide to Native American Healing (Healing Arts)

Jefferson's Great Gamble: The Remarkable Story of Jefferson, Napoleon and the Men Behind the Louisiana Purchase

North American Railyards

The Louisiana Purchase

Traveling the Lewis and Clark Trail, 3rd (Historic Trail Guide Series)

Winchester Pocket Guide: Identification & Pricing For 50 Collectible Rifles And Shotguns

Classic Cowboy Stories

Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War: Books

Jedediah Smith (Watts Library)

The Governor: The Life and Legacy of Leland Stanford (2 volume set)

Billy the Kid: Beyond the Grave

Guns of the Wild West: A Photographic Tour of the Guns and Gear of More Than 50 Famous Lawmen and Gunslingers

Davy Crockett (Lone Star Legends Series) (Lone Star Legends Series)

Encyclopedia Of Native American Wars And Warfare

Peacemakers: Arms And Adventure In The American West

The Dark Genius Of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons

Wars Within War: Mexican Guerrillas, Domestic Elites, And The United States Of America, 1846-1848



Promoting a Greater Understanding of the Settlement of the West