Daily Life in the American West
by Jason E. Pierce
July 2022, 317pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7619-6
$70, £54, 61€, A96
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Have you ever wondered what life was like in the 19th century for cowboys, American Indians, or miners? What kinds of foods did people eat? What did people do for fun?

Daily Life in the American West details the lives of American Indians, miners, cowboys, immigrants, and settlers who, together, populated the unique region that is the American West.

Daily Life in the American West combines the credibility and coverage of a history textbook with a close and nuanced view of the amazing peoples who struggled to make a home for themselves in a beautiful and evocative but harsh and unforgiving region. Included here are close descriptions of how a variety of peoples lived their daily lives, from nomadic Indian tribes to Chinese immigrants and from cowboys to city-dwellers. It also conveys how those individual lives are reflected in the sweeping changes that occurred in a century that saw the West become the most modern and diverse of all the nation’s regions.

Readers will also find the expected cast of characters (gunfighters, American Indian leaders, cowboys, and so on) that have long captured the imagination of people around the world covered with an academic focus that tries to tell an accurate story of the West and its role in the United States. The book provides the scale of a textbook, but in a more-engaging format that should appeal to students and the general public.


  • Gives a comprehensive introduction and overview to one of America's most colorful and fascinating eras and regions
  • Provides readers with the "true" story of the American West
  • Includes 15 images that bring the chapters to life
  • Engagingly and accessibly written
Jason E. Pierce, PhD, is department chair and professor of American history in the Arnoldo de León Department of History at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX. He is the author of Making the White Man’s West: Whiteness and the Creation of the American West.

Daily Life

What was life really like for ordinary people in other cultures throughout history? How did they raise their children? What did they do for fun? From sexual mores in ancient Egypt to resistance music in modern Latin America, and from the fashion sense of the Mongols to the importance of film in modern India, the world comes alive in the indispensable hands-on volumes of this award-winning series. A truly interdisciplinary resource, the Daily Life series covers arts; religion; food; literature; language; romance; rites of passage and coming of age; marriage customs; social and government structure; sickness and cures; warfare; sports and games; holidays; festivals; and more. Supported by the most current research, these authoritative volumes provide an in-depth exploration of daily life throughout history.

Each volume provides:
• An exploration of complex eras in history on a level accessible to students and general readers
• Authoritative coverage stemming from the most current scholarship and recent discoveries
• A focus on social rather than political history in key curricular areas, providing an in-depth understanding of the nuts and bolts of daily life
• Interactive, exciting details such as recipes, sheet music, rules for games, song lyrics, and more
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