Author: Ronald M. James

A Short History of Virginia City

A Short History of Virginia City

Founded in 1859, Virginia City quickly became world famous for its extraordinary prosperity. Over the next two decades, the mines of “the Richest City on Earth” yielded millions in gold and silver. The newly wealthy built mansions and churches, opera houses and schools, with furniture, fashions,... More info →
Introduction to Folklore: Traditional Studies in Europe and Elsewhere

Introduction to Folklore: Traditional Studies in Europe and Elsewhere

Folklore! The very word captures the imagination and sends the mind on flights of fancy. Dragons, ogres, witches, elves, and heroes and heroines, all featured in legend and folktales, known to anyone who had a story read to them as a child or who saw a film adapted from these tales. And yet, oral tr... More info →
Trolls: From Scandinavia to Dam Dolls, Tolkien, and Harry Potter

Trolls: From Scandinavia to Dam Dolls, Tolkien, and Harry Potter

Trolls always get a bad rap. One lurks under a bridge, another harasses a gnome, and suddenly people label the entire species as trouble. Of course, that is because they are, indeed, trouble. The folklore about these Scandinavian supernatural beings is rich and varied, and there is plenty of opportu... More info →
Comstock Women: The Making Of A Mining Community (Shepperson Series in History Humanities)

Comstock Women: The Making Of A Mining Community (Shepperson Series in History Humanities)

When it comes to Nevada history, men get most of the ink. Comstock Women is a collection of 14 historical studies that helps to rectify that reality. The authors of these essays, who include some of Nevada’s most prominent historians, demographers, and archaeologists, explore such topics as women ... More info →
Uncovering Nevada’s Past: A Primary Source History of the Silver State (Shepperson Series in Nevada History)

Uncovering Nevada’s Past: A Primary Source History of the Silver State (Shepperson Series in Nevada History)

Nevada’s relatively brief history has been nonetheless remarkably eventful. From the activities of the first Euro-American explorers to the booms and busts of the mining industry, from the struggles and artistry of the Native Americans to the establishment of liberal divorce laws and such unique i... More info →
HARRINGTON MANOR

HARRINGTON MANOR

A murderer stalks the orange groves of 1923 Southern California. Detective Sidney Snipes is called to the Harrington Manor when retired Colonel Peter Wescott Harrington is found slumped over his desk by his family. Snipes entrusts the sensational new crime fighting technology—Fingerprint Analysis ... More info →
The Roar and the Silence: A History of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode (Shepperson Series in History Humanities)

The Roar and the Silence: A History of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode (Shepperson Series in History Humanities)

Nevada’s Comstock Mining District has been the focus of legend since it first burst into international prominence in the late 1850s, and its principal settlement, Virginia City, endures in the popular mind as the West’s quintessential mining camp. But the authentic history of the Comstock is far... More info →