900 State St, Salem, OR 97301, United States
Willamette University where William L. Lang received his Bachelor of Arts degree.
Washington State University, Pullman, WA, United States
Washington State University where William L. Lang received his Master of Arts degree.
University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, United States
The University of Delaware where William L. Lang received his Doctor of Philosophy degree.
(In 1889-1890, the admission to the Union of Washington, I...)
In 1889-1890, the admission to the Union of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota added more territory to the US than any admission since the original 13 colonies. These 12 essays, revised after their presentation at a centennial conference in Billings, Montana, June 1989, cover topics including law enforcement and the development of legal institutions, statehood and territorial politics, labor movements, life on Indian reservations, the development of railroad towns, and New Deal investment in the region.
(Montana: A History of Two Centuries appeared in 1976 and ...)
Montana: A History of Two Centuries appeared in 1976 and immediately became the standard work in its field. In this thoroughgoing revision, William L. Lang has joined Michael P. Malone and Richard B. Roeder in carrying forward the narrative to the 1990s.
(William Lang's account of William Winlock Miller and the ...)
William Lang's account of William Winlock Miller and the first quarter-century of Washington's history offers a new view of the pioneer era, emphasizing that the West was developed in large measure by men like Miller who manipulated government and its resources to their own and the region's advantage.
(In the Pacific Northwest, the river of dominance is Colum...)
In the Pacific Northwest, the river of dominance is Columbia, and in ways, both profound and mundane its history is the history of the region. In Great River of the West historians and anthropologists consider a range of topics about the river, from Indian rock art, Chinook Jargon, and ethnobotany on the Columbia to literary and family history, the creation of an engineered river, and the inherent mythic power of place. Since the first contact between Euro-Americans and Native peoples during the late 18th century, the river’s history has been characterized by dramatic demographic, social, and economic changes. The remarkable set of essays in the Great River of the West investigates these changes by highlighting important episodes in the history of the river.
(In Two Centuries of Lewis and Clark, William L. Lang and ...)
In Two Centuries of Lewis and Clark, William L. Lang and Carl Abbott have collaborated to address those issues. Lang scrutinizes the motivations for the Lewis and Clark expedition and the environmental ramifications of its discoveries on the people and the landscape of the Columbia River Basin. Abbott examines the ways in which the Lewis and Clark Exposition advanced President Jefferson’s goal of developing the economic potential of the Pacific Northwest, particularly through the exploitation of the region’s abundant natural resources.
(Covering the adventures of coastal and ocean explorers wh...)
Covering the adventures of coastal and ocean explorers who made key discoveries and landmark observations from northern California up the coastline to Alaska during the mid-1700s to the early 1800s, this anthology of primary source journal entries, book excerpts, maps, and drawings enables readers to "discover" the Northwest Coast for themselves.
William L. Lang received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Willamette University in 1964. Two years later, he received a Master of Arts degree from Washington State University. In 1973 he received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Delaware.
William L. Lang is Professor Emeritus of Portland State University where he has taught environmental and public history. His research into African-American history in Montana came as a result of teaching history at Carroll College in Helena from 1971 to 1978 and his editorship of Montana: The Magazine of Western History from 1978 to 1989 at the Montana Historical Society. From 1990 to 2003, Lang directed the Center for Columbia River History. He is currently the executive editor of the Oregon Encyclopedia of History & Culture.
Lang also wrote and edited some books including Montana: Our Land & People (1979), Centennial West: Essays on the Northern Tier States (1990), Montana: A History of Two Centuries (1991), Stories from an Open Country: Essays on the Yellowstone River Valley (1995), Confederacy of Ambition: William Winlock Miller and the Making of Washington Territory (1996), Great River of the West: Essays on the Columbia River (1999), and Two Centuries of Lewis & Clark: Reflections on the Voyage of Discovery (2004), and Explorers of the Maritime Northwest: Mapping the World through Primary Documents (2016).
(Covering the adventures of coastal and ocean explorers wh...)2016
(William Lang's account of William Winlock Miller and the ...)1996
(In 1889-1890, the admission to the Union of Washington, I...)1990
(In the Pacific Northwest, the river of dominance is Colum...)1999
(Montana: A History of Two Centuries appeared in 1976 and ...)1991
(In Two Centuries of Lewis and Clark, William L. Lang and ...)2004
William L. Lang was a member of the American Historical Association, Organisation of American Historians, American Studies Association, Western History Association, Oregon Historical Society, and Washington State Historical Society.
William L. Lang married Marianne Kiddington on September 11, 1991. The marriage produced two children, Rebecca and Joel.