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Empire's Edge

by Preston Jones

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"Indeed, Empire's Edge does provide readers with topical insights that reveal Nome's early 20th century American-ness and makes an important contribution to the growing field of Alaskan history."
—Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth, University of Alaska Anchorage


In 1898, Nome, Alaska, burst into the American consciousness when one of the largest gold strikes in the world occurred on its shores. Over the next ten years, Nome's population exploded as both men and women came north to seek their fortunes. Closer to Siberia than to New York, Nome's citizens created their own version of small-town America on the northern frontier. Less than 150 miles from the Arctic Circle, they weathered the Great War and the diphtheria epidemic of 1925 as well as floods, fires, and the Great Depression. They enlivened the Alaska winters with pastimes such as high-school basketball and social clubs. Empire's Edge is the story of how ordinary Americans made a life on the edge of a continent, a life both ordinary and extraordinary.

Preston Jones has published scholarly works as well as general history texts. Jones has taught at the high school and university level. He has been a professor of history at John Brown University in Arkansas since 2003, teaching numerous courses, including Latin, British Empire, U. S. History, Western Civilization, and Great Books classes. His first book with the University of Alaska Press was Empire’s Edge: American Society in Nome, Alaska, 1898–1934 (2007).

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  • Paperback Price: $21.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-889963-89-1
  • Ebook Price: $15.95
  • EISBN: 978-1-60223-152-8
  • Publication Month: October
  • Publication Year: 2007
  • Pages: 168
  • Discount Type: Trade
  • Author: by Preston Jones
  • ECommerce Code: 9781889963891

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