COATES, Ken S. MORRISON, William R.
Title: Land of the Midnight Sun : A History of the Yukon. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Hurtig Publishers, Edmonton, 1988, ISBN:0888303319
Seller ID: 112242
COATES, Ken S. and William R. MORRISON. Land of the Midnight Sun : A History of the Yukon. Edmonton : Hurtig Publishers, (1988). First Printing. Pp. (8),1-336. Illustrated with several dozen black and white photos to text. 8vo, green cloth with gilt lettering to spine. "To people around the world, the word 'Yukon' carries a certain magic. It evokes images of dance-hall girls and prospectors, the steep Chilkoot Pass and rushing rivers, Dan McGrew and Sam McGee. Robert Service's poetry seems to have defined the Yukon and trapped it in an era for all time. But the Yukon is more -- much more. Its history is colourful and varied and encompasses far more than the days of the Klondike. This book birngs that neglected history ot life for the readeras no other has ever done. It is an irony of a region rich in irony that t he Yukon, one of the last places in North America to be developed, was actually one of the first areas of the continent to bear the footprint of man. From that beginning, the history of the Yukon is told in the lives of the men and women who lived it. The story begins as a slow stream -- the gradualarrival of the explorers and missionaries amongst the scattered tribes of the native people. It gathers momentum and floods through the heady days ofgold rush fever and the Klondike -- men like George Carmack and Tagish Cha rley and women like the indomitable Martha Black, who climbed over the Passinto the Yukon while pregnant and spent the rest of her ninety years in he r adopted land. The stream encounters a dam after the gold rush -- things slow down and Dawson City shrinks to a third of the size it was in its glorydays. But then comes the Second World War and the building of the Alaska H ighway -- the Yukon booms once more. Booms usually bring busts and for a while it looks as if the stream of the Yukon's fortunes will slow to a trickle once again. But then there's oil... Professors Coates and Morrison have produced a tremendously readable history of an area usually consigned to a few pages at the back of most Canadian history books. The Yukon can only gain in importance in days to come; it is a territory fuill of potential and its past is full of excitement. Canadians owe it to themselves to know more about their past and their future and there can be few more pleasant ways to do that than by reading 'Land of the Midnight Sun'." - from the dustjacket. Bookplate, else very good in corner-trimmed dustjacket. 20.00