Summer 2016: In this issue

Summer 2016 cover

Vol. 66, No. 2

State of Change

Women and the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention
by Kelly Kirk

“One Page at a Time“

Early Printing in Territorial Montana
by Aaron Parrett

“Dead Work,“ Electric Futures, and the Hidden History of the Gilded Age

by Jeremy Zallen

Expanding Digital Access to Historic Montana Newspapers

by Tammy Troup


Embry and Cannon, eds., Immigrants in the Far West, reviewed by Walter Nugent | Brown, Trout Culture, reviewed by James Thull | Spude, Saloons, Prostitutes, and Temperance in Alaska Territory, reviewed by Kristin Mapel Bloomberg | Bigart, ed., "A Great Many of Us Have Good Farms," reviewed by William R. Swagerty | Mills, Cold War in a Cold Land, reviewed by Miles D. Lewis | Ware, The Cherokee Kid, reviewed by Patricia Loughlin | Grua, Surviving Wounded Knee, reviewed by Leila Monaghan | Nelson, Wrecks of Human Ambition, reviewed by Jonathan Hall | Abbott, Imagined Frontiers, reviewed by Daniel F. Zizzamia

On the Cover

The front cover features Parley (1977, color lithograph on paper, 26" x 18-1/2") by Earl Biss. An enrolled member of the Crow Nation, Biss was raised by his grandmother at Crow Agency, Montana. He began his formal training at age sixteen at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe under the guidance of Fritz Scholder. After graduation, Biss studied oil painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. His work helped to found an entirely new genre known today as "contemporary Southwestern art." Parley appears courtesy the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, 6.82.

The Great Depression influenced Paul Starrett Sample—although he himself was unaffected economically—to turn from painting landscapes to painting poignant expressions of Americans' social and economic woes. This style of social realism may be seen in his Miners in the Stope (1936, oil on canvas, 20" x 24", Montana Historical Society Collection, Gift of Francis Kelley Wood, Mary Kelley Doubleday and George Hepburn, X1966.21.10), featured on the back cover. Turn to page 39 to read about Butte miners and the conditions in which they worked.

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