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Issue 66

How the West Was Really Won: Did You Know?
What a famous painting reveals about America's move west.

How the West Was Really Won: From the Editor - Unexpected Heroes
Unexpected Heroes


Preparing a Way in the Wilderness
Though history has all but forgotten them, it was Christian preachers and teachers who really tamed the West.


A Church of Their Own
Ethnic congregations were essential for building community in the nation's most diverse region.


No Rest for the Weary
Few pioneers possessed strong enough resolve to keep the Sabbath on the Overland Trail.


Tested On All Sides
Excerpts from a wagon train diary reveal that traveling overland was much more than a physical challenge.


Yesterday's Christian Woman
Pioneer wives held their households together with a blend of grit and grace.


Forty-Niner Faith
Traditional Christianity didn't stand much of a chance in the California gold fields.


Growth of the West

Out Yonder, on the Edge of Things
The most controversial, and most effective, missionary to the West and Alaska, Sheldon Jackson was always pushing the boundaries.


Alternative Religions
Many non- and semi-Christian groups also laid claim to the West, but none more successfully than the Mormons.


The West That Wasn't Won
Protestant missions to Native Americans had few shining moments.


Dying To Save
The Whitman Massacre reveals much of what was noble and flawed regarding missions to Native Americans.


How the West Was Really Won: A Gallery of Local Heroes
The wide-open West was served, state by state, by brave and sometimes beleaguered ministers and missionaries like these.


How the West Was Really Won: Christian History Interview - Land of Crumbling Myths
Why the twentieth-century West—urban and explosive—ain't what it used to be.


How the West Was Really Won: Recommended Resources
How the West Was Really Won



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