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Banking in Oklahoma before Statehood

Banking_in_OK_before_Statehood.crop.jpgThe first of Hightower's three books on banking and commerce in Oklahoma begins with banking in the early national period (1781-1864), when commercial patterns coalesced in the East and followed the course of westward expansion, and ends on the eve of Oklahoma statehood in 1907. Topics range from the riverboat trade and freighting on the Santa Fe Trail to bartering, merchant banking, and the creation of banks that quickly became the bedrock of commercial culture in the Oklahoma and Indian Territories. (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013)

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The Pattersons: A Novel

Pattersons-cover.jpgEllen Fletcher left an environmental law practice to marry Marshall Patterson, heir to an oil-and-gas exploration company rooted in the energy and optimism of the frontier. Much to the consternation of his family, Marshall's academic interests seem certain to put him in the classroom rather than the boardroom. But at the height of his youthful ambitions, Marshall suffers an accident that causes him to abandon his dreams and accept his fate as a reluctant executive. Over the years, privilege takes its toll not only on Marshall, but also on his wife and children who come to understand the terrible cost of unfulfilled ambition. 

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MJH.jpg MICHAEL J. HIGHTOWER, PhD taught sociology at the University of Virginia and Washington and Lee University en route to becoming an author and historian. As a descendant of pioneer businessmen in the Oklahoma Territory and one-time cowboy in the Southwest, he researches and writes about the history of the American frontier, banking, and commerce.