Alternative Oklahoma

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Pub. Date: 2007-05-30
Publisher(s): Univ of Oklahoma Pr
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Contrarian Sooner views of Oklahoma history How many of us really know every side to Oklahoma's past and present? In this companion to his previous volume, " An Oklahoma I Had Never Seen Before," Davis D. Joyce presents fourteen essays that interpret Oklahoma's unique populist past and address current political and social issues. Joyce invited scholars and political activists to speak their minds on subjects ranging from gender, race, and religion to popular music, the energy industry, and economics. These decidedly contrarian Sooner voices reflect the progressive, libertarian, and even radical viewpoints that influenced the state's creation. Contributors talk of growing up "Okie and radical," of the legacy of Woody Guthrie in the Red Dirt music scene, and of the Sunbelt Alliance that helped to stop the building of the Black Fox nuclear power plant. They look back at Oklahoma City's role in the early civil rights sit-in movement and at an Oklahoman's experience with Vietnam Veterans Against the War. They consider religion outside the mainstream--and everyday women squarely within these unique expressions of faith. In assembling these engaging essays about Oklahoma and its past, Joyce calls on the alternative approach to history championed by Howard Zinn and also invokes Oklahoman Paul Harvey in offering us "the rest of the story." Alternative Oklahomaurges an honest alternative exploration of the state's diverse past. It's an Oklahoma history that takes into account the overlooked and the left behind and contributes to a more open political dialogue in a state too often dismissed as unquestionably "red."

Table of Contents

"Petticoat" historians : the foundation of Oklahoma social historyp. 3
Three Oklahoma womenp. 23
Black Oklahomans : an essay on the quest for freedomp. 36
Oklahoma city and the origins of the modern direct action movementp. 52
Joseph Bruner and the American Indian federation : an alternative view of Indian rightsp. 63
Getting along : Woody Guthrie and Oklahoma's red dirt musiciansp. 87
Vietnam veterans against the war : one Oklahoman's experiencep. 113
Nonviolent civil disobedience in Oklahoma : the campaign against nuclear powerp. 122
Under the rainbow : the search for GLBT equality in Oklahomap. 134
Oklahoma poverty, religion, and politics : lessons from economic historyp. 153
Unraveling the mystery of freedom-prosperity inconsistency in Oklahomap. 170
A liberal Presbyterian in the Oklahoma Bible beltp. 195
Tulsa : a divinely inspired cityp. 211
Growing up Okie - and radicalp. 220
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