Alternative Oklahoma: Contrarian Views of the Sooner State

Davis D. Joyce
University of Oklahoma Press, 2007 - 249 .

Contrarian Sooner views of Oklahoma history

How many of us really know every side to Oklahomas past and present?

In this companion to his previous volume, An Oklahoma I Had Never Seen Before, Davis D. Joyce presents fourteen essays that interpret Oklahomas unique populist past and address current political and social issues. Joyce invited scholars and political activists to speak their minds on subjects ranging from gender, race, and religion to popular music, the energy industry, and economics.

These decidedly contrarian Sooner voices reflect the progressive, libertarian, and even radical viewpoints that influenced the states creation. Contributors talk of growing up Okie and radical, of the legacy of Woody Guthrie in the Red Dirt music scene, and of the Sunbelt Alliance that helped to stop the building of the Black Fox nuclear power plant. They look back at Oklahoma Citys role in the early civil rights sit-in movement and at an Oklahomans experience with Vietnam Veterans Against the War. They consider religion outside the mainstreamand everyday women squarely within these unique expressions of faith.

In assembling these engaging essays about Oklahoma and its past, Joyce calls on the alternative approach to history championed by Howard Zinn and also invokes Oklahoman Paul Harvey in offering us the rest of the story.

Alternative Oklahoma urges an honest alternative exploration of the states diverse past. Its an Oklahoma history that takes into account the overlooked and the left behind and contributes to a more open political dialogue in a state too often dismissed as unquestionably red.

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The Foundation of Oklahoma
3
Three Oklahoma Women
23
An Essay on the Quest for Freedom
36
Oklahoma City and the Origins of the Modern
52
Woody Guthrie and Oklahomas
87
The Search for GLBT Equality
122
Unraveling the Mystery of Freedom
170
A Liberal Presbyterian in the Oklahoma Bible Belt
195
A Divinely Inspired City
211
Growing up Okieand Radical
220
Index
231

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Davis D.Joyce, Professor of History at East Central University, Ada , Oklahoma , served from 1994 to 1996 as Soros Professor of American Studies at Kossuth University in Hungary. He is the author of Edward Channing and the Great Work and History and Historians: Some Essays , editor of A History of the United States by Edward Channing, and coauthor of United States History: A Brief Introduction for Hungarian Students (with Tibor Glant) and The Writing of American History , also published by the University ofnbsp; Oklahoma Press.