Odie B. Faulk

Odie B. Faulk is emeritus professor of history at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.

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  • Good News
    December 1990

    Good News

    A roundtable of writer's share good news.

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  • A Grasp of the Obvious
    August 1990

    A Grasp of the Obvious

    In an attempt to lure immigrants to Arizona in 1881, Patrick Hamilton wrote, "Irrigation is the life of agriculture in the Territory. Without it scarcely anything can be raised; with it the soil is the most prolific in the west.

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  • January 1990

    "Which Way Did They Go?"

    There was a time when Texas stood for more than can be expressed in words. It was a symbol of everything that was good about the American West and perhaps even of the United States itself.

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  • The Lure of Rural Life
    November 1989

    The Lure of Rural Life

    Thomas Jefferson believed that virtue was to be found in the Spartan simplicity of ancient Greece rather than in the decadent cities of Caesar's Rome. Agriculture, Jefferson wrote, was what developed moral and political virtue.

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  • August 1989

    Waters of Life

    The Arkansas River is born from melting snow on Mt. Arkansas at 13,795 feet above sea level in the state of Colorado. Rushing down through cataracts and gorges, it gathers strength from a multitude of rivulets and creeks to burst free from the mountains laden with silt.

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  • June 1989

    Doctoring Honor

    Commencement has come and gone, and with it another crop of eager graduates. Yet given far more of the spotlight at any of these commencements than bachelors', masters', and doctoral candidates were those being awarded honorific degrees and certificates.

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  • Epitaph for Tombstone
    February 1989

    Epitaph for Tombstone

    Edward Lawrence Schieffelin's story seems like something made up by a Hollywood writer long on cliche and short on imagination, for his silver strike epitomized the hopes and dreams of every sourdough prospector who ever wandered the lonely mountains, valleys, and streams of the American West.

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  • November 1988

    Frontier Justice

    In the September 1987 issue of Chronicles, Jacob Neusner wrote, "To state matters bluntly, if you have to teach in a college in order to pursue the research you wish to undertake, then go, teach."

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  • May 1988

    Burying the Hatchet

    What now are called "the Indian wars" ended about a century ago, and the participants in those battles are dead without exception. After 1886, when Geronimo and his band surrendered, there were no more off-reservation wild Indians.

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  • December 1987

    Fast-Food Regionalism

    Every day we hear references to North, South, East, and West, to Midwest and Southwest, to Pacific Northwest and, lo, even to Ozarkia, Cascadia, and Siskiyou. All of us speak or write of these geographical areas as if they had narrowly prescribed boundaries readily meaningful to everyone.

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  • The War of Mexican Aggression
    August 1987

    The War of Mexican Aggression

    Much in the news recently, especially in the Southwest, is the problem of illegal immigration from south of the border. Another frequent subject of media attention is the snowballing Mexican debt and the threat that this nation will not be able to meet its obligations.

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  • June 1987

    Security Safari

    The scene is so identifiable that any American—in fact, almost anyone anywhere in the world—immediately recognizes it: a dun-baked, dusty street between rows of ramshackle, weather-beaten, false-fronted buildings.

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  • June 1987

    Letter From the Southwest

    In the spring a young man's fancy turns lightly to thoughts of love. What happens in the rest of the year is uncertain, but in the southwestern part of the United States that young man's fancy, in the first chill of autumn, turns to thoughts of football.

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  • February 1987

    The Return of Professor X

    In 1973, at the tag end of the riots and disruptions of the late 1960's and early 1970's, he ventured into print with a small volume entitled This Beats Working for a Living: The Dark Secrets of a College Professor.

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  • August 1986

    Closing the Campus Frontier

    The recent drop in the price of oil has been welcome indeed to most Americans, for it portends a boost of epic proportions for the economy. However, the blessings of cheap petroleum do not fall evenly across the land.

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  • Love and Death in the American West
    June 1986

    Love and Death in the American West

    The American West has become a place of simultaneous myth and reality. There is a West where zesty young men mounted on noble steeds occasionally rounded up some cattle to be driven to market, but for the most part these cowboys never seemed to work.

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  • April 1986

    Unto the Least of These ...

    A few years ago Oral Roberts made national headlines when he confessed to having seen a 900-foot-tall Jesus in the heavens urging the faithful to donate to the "City of Faith," as he called the medical school he was building at his university.

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  • January 1986

    Letter From the Southwest

    Giving, helping, caring—these are words frequently mentioned in the writings and orations of most religious and social philosophers.

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