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Wyoming Homesteading, Ranching, and Farming: 1860-1960

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Michael Cassity has followed a career as a history professor at the University of Missouri – Columbia, the University of Kansas, the University of Georgia, and the University of Wyoming. At the University of Wyoming Dr. Cassity was Associate Professor and then Professor in the School of Extended Studies and Public Service and Adjunct Professor of History. In 1993 the Wyoming Council for the Humanities presented him its 1993 Wyoming Humanities Award for fostering the public humanities in Wyoming. The State Historical Society of Wyoming recognized his efforts to preserve an important feature on the Oregon – California Trail (Red Buttes, west of Casper) with the L. C. Bishop Award. A former president of both the Wyoming State Historical Society and the Wyoming Association of Professional Historians, he is currently in private practice as a historian and photographer.

Dr. Cassity has written or co-authored four books and numerous articles on American social history in scholarly and popular publications, including the following:

Divided Hearts: The Presbyterian Journey through Oklahoma History, with Danney Goble (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009).

Defending a Way of Life: An American Community in the Nineteenth Century (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1989).

Legacy of Fear: Origins of American Race Relations to 1900 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985).

Chains of Fear: American Race Relations since Reconstruction (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1984).

Touching the Past in Wyoming,” Foreword to On the Road to Preservation: Wyoming’s Comprehensive Statewide Historic Preservation Plan, 2007-2013 (Cheyenne, Wyoming: State Historic Preservation Office, 2007). http://wyoshpo.state.wy.us/pdf/PreservationPlan.pdf

‘In a Narrow Grave’: World War II and the Subjugation of Wyoming,” The Wyoming History Journal, 68 (Spring 1996): 2-13.

History and the Public Purpose,” Journal of American History, 81 (December 1994): 969-976.

Modernization and Social Crisis: The Knights of Labor and a Midwest Community 1885 1886,” Journal of American History, 66 (June 1979): 41 61.