High school seniors who enjoy their social studies and those with a particular interest in our 49th state will probably find the major events of its history interesting. The exploits of Russians and Danes and Americans and such figures as Shelikoff, Baranof, Rezanof, Bering, Soapy Smith and Wickersham are here recounted. Whether for gold-rushing, claim-jumping, trapping or trading, Alaska always held the fascination of many. Only with the advent of World War II, the airplane and modern science did it begin to capture the serious attention of nations. From early apathy to its present growing status, the history of Alaska is traced in a factual unadorned account.