In a recent talk at a library in Longmont, Colorado, author James Whiteside recalled how a journey on his Harley Davidson to a family reunion in British Columbia gave him the idea for a different way to pen a history book. Whiteside, a retired University of Colorado history professor, recalled that getting out of a car and traveling by two wheels showed him culture and history that otherwise might have gone unrecorded if he had approached this project in the traditional way history books take shape—that is, through painstaking archival research.
A native of the American West, James Whiteside is a retired history professor living in Denver. He is the author of two previous books on the West, was awarded the Colorado Historical Society's Leroy R. Hafen Award (1985) and the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities Publication Prize (1999), and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award (2000).
A Historian's Motorcycle Journeys in the American West