Twentieth-Century Oklahoma: Reflections on the Forty-Sixth State

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Twentieth-Century Oklahoma: Reflections on the Forty-Sixth State


Loughlin, Patricia, The Journal of Southern History


Twentieth-Century Oklahoma: Reflections on the Forty-Sixth State. By Richard Lowitt. (Nomian: University of Oklahoma Press, 2016. Pp. x, 410. Paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-8061-4910-.1,)

As a professor of history at the University of Oklahoma, Richard Lowitt regularly conducted research using the manuscript collections at the Western History Collections and the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, both housed at the University of Oklahoma. Lowitt's Twentieth-Century Oklahoma: Reflections on the Forty-Sixth State offers a collection of his previously published journal articles, most of which originally appeared in the Chronicles of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Historical Society's quarterly journal. This volume traces Lowitt's examination of the political, economic, and social histories of Oklahoma's unique modern history.

In eleven chapters, Lowitt covers the grand sweep of modern Oklahoma history with topics ranging from politics, federal land use, and environmental history to agricultural history, water issues, and regionalism. The collection adds to a growing literature on Oklahoma history from W. David Baird and Danney Coble's Oklahoma: A History (Norman, Okla., 2008) to Ma/n Street Oklahoma: Stories of Twentieth-Century America (Norman, Okla., 2013), an anthology I coedited with Linda W. Reese.

Lowitt opens his book with an essay on the development of regionalism during the late 1920s and 1930s at the University of Oklahoma. Under the leadership of President William Bennett Bizzell, the university established both the University of Oklahoma Press and its Civilization of the American Indian Series and the Western History Collections, housing manuscript collections on Oklahoma, American Indians, and the American West. …

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