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The West That Was

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Author: Goldwater, Barry


Reference #: 1711

Status: Sold

List Price: $80.00

Signed by the Senator and Presidential Candidate

A Fine copy; 16 pp. staple-bound in stiff card covers, containing the text of Goldwater’s address at the 8th Annual Conference of the Western Historical Association held in Tucson on October 18, 1968. Boldly signed on the front cover.

The text goes beyond dry history with telling humour: “But now I face an audience of historians, and realizing that history usually is written after events, like cheese, has aged a bit, I can’t help wondering what you some day will do to me . . .”

Goldwater’s recounting of events in the history of the west references stories from his own family in keeping with a recurrent theme that much of the existing writing is of “sensational events”, with little of “real local significance”. (p. 7)

Uncommon, and a significant artifact of Americana, given the author’s life of service in the political arena.

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