FAR NORTH COUNTRY by Thames Williamson


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Another volume in the American Folkways Series, which is definitely less about the people, the customs, and not quite up to the standards of its predecessors. Sympathy, and a certain romantic lyricism, add to the portrait of the northern outpost. Prehistoric times, early explorations and exploitations; Baranov, Alaska's most glamorous figure; the unpopular purchase from Russia, at two cents an acre, and American neglect of its new asset until almost the present; gold rushes and ghost towns, myths and mirages; Japanese salmon fishing, prelude to penetration; the white man's sins of commission and omission; the first constructive move with the farming colony which almost failed; and finally our recognition today of Alaska's importance as an ""outlying guard and working tool of our industro-military civilization"".

Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce