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On the Upper Missouri: The Journal of Rudolph Friederich Kurz, 1851-1852by Kelly, Carla, Editor
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Retail Price: $21.95
Issue: Spring 2006
In the years prior to the Civil War, the trans-Mississippi region served as stage on which wars were fought, goods were exchanged, and cultures came into contact for the first time. It was here, on the Missouri River in present-day North Dakota, that Swiss artist Rudolph Friederich Kurz came to study and paint American Indians from 1851-1852. Working out of Fort Union as a clerk for the American Fur Company, Kurz kept a daily journal documenting the activities within the fort as well as the result---both good and bad---of two cultures coexisting within a single region.