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The Fishermen's Frontier


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Examines the context in which salmon have been harvested in south-east Alaska by Native and Euro-American fishermen

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Foreword: On the Saltwater Margins of a Northern Frontier / William CrononAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Fishermen's Frontier in Southeast Alaska1. First Fishermen: The Aboriginal Salmon Fishery2. The Industrial Transformation of the Indian Salmon Fishery, 1780s-1910s3. Federal Conservation, Fish Traps, and the Struggle to Control the Fishery, 1889-19594. Work, Nature, Race, and Culture on the Fishermen's Frontier, 1900s-1950s5. The Closing of the Fishermen's Frontier, 1950s-2000sEpilogue: Endangered Species?Notes
Selected Bibliography

About the Author

David F. Arnold is professor of history at Columbia Basin College, Pasco, Washington. He has also worked extensively in the commercial salmon fisheries of Alaska.


"This ambitious and multifaceted book provides a sweeping history of the southeastern Alaska fishery and the people who oriented their lives around it, breaking down conventional boundaries by incorporating Indian, labor, and environmental history, all the while addressing some of the most important themes in western scholarship." -American Historical Review "Books about fish tend to be tales of decline. A welcome exception is David's F. Arnold's portrait of the small-boat fishery and fishermen of Southeast Alaska. It is a fishery that is ecologically healthy, if not necessarily economically sound, and if that seems to be a paradox, that is because it is a fishing culture as varied and changeable as the fish themselves. Arnold's is a thoughtful and insightful examination." -Oregon Historical Quarterly "Because The Fisherman's Frontier looks beyond the classic role of the fishery in Alaska and, instead, tells a story of fishermen and how their relationship with the natural environment changed over time, Alaskans as well as the many folk who make their living fishing northern waters will appreciate this book."-Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth, author of Snug Harbor Cannery: A Beacon on the Forgotten Shore, 1919-1980 "Arnold has presented a complete story, chronologically, topically, and historiographically. He has managed to give the reader a unified grasp of an extraordinarily complex and often contentious element in environmental and regional history. This book is really a tour de force." Stephen Haycox, author of Alaska: An American Colony

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