Angie Debo
Pioneering Historian
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Best Book on Oklahoma History, Oklahoma Historical Society
Oklahoma Book Award, Best Nonfiction Book, (Finalist), Oklahoma Center for the Book
Willa Literary Award, Non-Fiction, (Finalist), Women Writing the West

The daughter of Oklahoma sodbusters, a student of Edward Everett Dale, and a Protegee of Frederick Jackson Turner, Angie Debo was an unlikely forerunner of the New Western History. Breaking with the followers of Turner, Debo viewed the westward movement of European Americans as conquest rather than settlement. Her studies on the Five tribes presented the Native American point of view and incorporated ethnological insights more than a decade before ethnology emerged as a separate field.

Shirley A. Leckie’s biography of Debo is the first to assess the significance of Oklahoma’s pioneering historian in the historiography of the American Indian, the writing of regional history, and the development of national law and court cases involving indigenous people. Leckie sheds light on Debo’s family’s background, her personality, and the impact of gender discrimination on her career. Finally, Leckie clarifies why Debo became a scholarly pioneer and, later, a "warrior-scholar" activist working on behalf of Native Americans during a period of changing Indian policy.


About The Author

Shirley A. Leckie, Professor of History at the University of Central Florida, is the author of Elizabeth Bacon Custer and the Making of a Myth and Angie Debo: Pioneering Historian.

Book Information
14 b&w illus.
256 Pages
Hardcover 978-0-8061-3256-3
Paperback 978-0-8061-3438-3
Published October 2000
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