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Author: James Michener

Year Published: 1974

Description: Although a work of fiction, Centennial by prolific American author James Michener traces the evolution of present-day Colorado, from prehistoric times through the early 1970s. Along the way, it paints a vivid picture of the lives and livelihoods carved out of America’s western frontier, from fur trappers and traders to hunters and homesteaders. Released in the lead up to America’ bicentennial in 1976, it centers on a fictional town (for which the book is named) and, per Michener’s signature style, includes meticulous historical details.

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'There, high above the plains he had loved and the river he had so often followed, Lame Beaver, the man of many coups, found his rest. He died at the end of an epoch, the grandest the western Indians were to know. '  



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