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Encyclopedia > Richard White (historian)

Richard White (born 1947) is an American historian, currently the President-elect of the Organization of American Historians, and the author of influential books on the American West, Native American history, and environmental history. He is the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University, having previously taught at the University of Washington and the University of Utah. A historian is a person who studies history. ... The Organization of American Historians (OAH), formerly known as the Mississippi Valley Historical Association is an organization of historians focusing on American history. ... The Western United States, also referred to as the American West or simply The West, traditionally refers to the region constituting the westernmost states of the United States (see geographical terminology section for further discussion of these terms). ... An Atsina named Assiniboin Boy Native Americans in the United States (also known as Indians, American Indians, First Americans, Indigenous Peoples, Aboriginal Peoples, Aboriginal Americans, Amerindians, Amerinds, or Original Americans) are the indigenous peoples within the territory that is now encompassed by the continental United States and their descendants in... Environmental history is the study of humans and nature and their past interrelationships. ... The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University (or simply Stanford), is a privately-funded American university in Stanford, California. ... The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a major public research university in Seattle, Washington. ... The University of Utah (also The U or the U of U) is a public university in Salt Lake City, Utah. ...


  • Land Use, Environment, and Social Change: The Shaping of Island County, Washington. University of Washington Press, 1979. ISBN 0295956917 (hardback); ISBN 0295971436 (1992 paperback).
  • The Roots of Dependency: Subsistence, Environment, and Social Change Among the Choctaws, Pawnees, and Navajos. University of Nebraska Press, 1983. ISBN 0803247222; ISBN 0803297246 (1988 paperback).
  • The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815. Cambridge Universtiy Press, 1991. ISBN 052137104X (hardback); ISBN 0521424607 (paperback).
  • "It's Your Misfortune and None of my Own": A History of the American West. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1991. ISBN 0806123664.
  • The Frontier in American Culture: An Exhibition at the Newberry Library, August 26, 1994-January 7, 1995, with Patricia Nelson Limerick, edited by James Grossman. University of California, 1994. ISBN 0520088433; ISBN 0520088441 (paperback).
  • The Organic Machine: The Remaking of the Columbia River. New York: Hill and Wang, 1996. ISBN 0809015838.
  • Remembering Ahanagran: A History of Stories. New York: Hill and Wang, 1998. ISBN 0809080729.

Front cover of Its Your Misfortune and None of My Own, 1993 edition. ...


  • Francis Parkman Prize for best book on American history (The Middle Ground), 1992
  • Albert J. Beveridge Award for best English-language book on American history (The Middle Ground), 1992
  • Albert B. Corey Prize for best book on U.S.-Canadian history (The Middle Ground), 1992
  • James A. Rawley Prize for book on history of race relations in the United States (The Middle Ground), 1992
  • Western Heritage Award for "It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own", 1992
  • MacArthur Foundation fellowship, 1995

The Albert J. Beveridge Award was established in 1928 in memory of United States Senator Beveridge of Indiana, former secretary and longtime member of the American Historical Association, through a gift from his wife, Catherine Beveridge and donations from AHA members from his home state. ... The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a leading private, independent grantmaking institution dedicated to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement in the human condition. ...

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