Idaho's Place

A New History of the Gem State

Edited by Adam M. Sowards

  • Published: 2014. Paperback March 2016
  • Subject Listing: History / Western History; Environmental Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 320 pp., 17 illus., 1 map, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Published with: Program in Pacific Northwest Studies
  • Contents

Idaho's Place is an anthology of the most current and original writing on Gem State history. From the state's indigenous roots and early environmental battles to recent political and social events, these essays provide much-needed context for understanding Idaho's important role in the development of the American West.

Through a creative approach that combines explorations of concepts such as politics, gender, and race with the oral histories of Idaho residents - the very people who lived and made state history - this unique collection sheds new light on the state's surprisingly contentious past. Readers, whether they are longtime residents or newcomers, tourists or seasonal dwellers, policy makers or historians, will be treated to a rich narrative in which the many threads of Idaho's history entwine to produce a complete tapestry of this beautiful and complex Western state.
Adam M. Sowards is associate professor of history and director of the Program in Pacific Northwest Studies at the University of Idaho. He is the author of The Environmental Justice: William O. Douglas and American Conservation.

"There is nothing else published that even remotely does what this collection does. It is a major contribution that fills in many obvious gaps in the history of the Gem State."
-Carlos A. Schwantes, author of In Mountain Shadows: A History of Idaho

"The state of Idaho is truly blessed to draw the attention of this talented, competent group widely recognized for past scholarly contributions. The range and depth of the research displayed in the essays are outstanding."
-David H. Stratton, author of Terra Northwest: Interpreting People and Place


1. Idaho's Place: Reckoning with History / Adam M. Sowards

2. The Confluence of Rivers: The Indigenous Tribes of Idaho / Rodney Frey and Robert McCarl
IDAHO VOICES: Native American History

3. Crossing Divides: An Environmental History of Idaho / Kevin R. Marsh
IDAHO VOICES: Environmental History

4. Idiosyncrasy and Enigma: Idaho Politics / Katherine G. Aiken
IDAHO VOICES: Political History

5. The Power and the Glory: Idaho's Religious History / Jill K. Gill
IDAHO VOICES: Religious History

6. Defying Boundaries: Women in Idaho History / Laura Woodworth-Ney and Tara A. Rowe
IDAHO VOICES: Women's History

7. Confronting Race and Creating Community: Idaho's Ethnic History / Laurie Mercier
IDAHO VOICES: Ethnic History

8. Latinos in Idaho / Making Their Way in the Gem State: Errol D. Jones
IDAHO VOICES: Latino History

9. Shifting Currents: Cultural Expressions in Idaho / Richard W. Etulain
IDAHO VOICES: Cultural History

10. Telling Stories: Idaho's Histories / Judith Austin
IDAHO VOICES: Historians


"[A] guidebook to recent interpretations of the state's history. For scholars teaching and researching Northwest history, the volume provides an informed way-station to advancing understanding of the region."
-William G. Robbins, Oregon Historical Review