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Title:
The American West : the reader
Author:
Nugent, Walter T. K.
Publication Information:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xvi, 335 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Where is the American West?: report on a survey / Walter Nugent -- The American West: from frontier to region / Martin Ridge -- Frontiers and empires in the late nineteenth century / Walter Nugent -- Rancheras and the land: women and property rights in Hispanic California / Gloria Ricci Lothrop -- Mountain man as Jacksonian man / William H. Goetzmann -- Bison ecology and bison diplomacy: the southern Plains from 1800 to 1850 / Dan Flores -- Mexican opinion, American racism, and the War of 1846 / Gene M. Brack -- Mormon "deliverance" and the closing of the frontier / Martin Ridge -- Sand Creek / Janet LeCompte -- Cowboy strikes and unions / David E. Lopez -- "Everything I want is here!": the Dakota farmer's rural ideal, 1884-1934 / Paula M. Nelson -- "The men have become organizers": labor conflict and unionization in the Mexican mining communities of Arizona, 1900-1915 / Phil Mellinger -- Idaho and the Great Depression / Leonard J. Arrington -- The impact of the Second World War on Los Angeles / Arthur C. Verge -- Japanese-American women during World War II / Valerie Matsumoto -- From Esteban to Rodney King: five centuries of African American history in the West / Quintard Taylor -- Regional city and network city: Portland and Seattle in the twentieth century / Carl Abbott.
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ISBN:
9780253335302

9780253212900
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Summary

"Those who appreciate the impact of history will be impressed with the selection of articles." -- Nebraska HistoryDesigned for survey courses -- yet in-depth enough to support intensive discussion -- these seventeen classic essays traverse the history of the American West, from women's property rights in Spanish-Mexican California to the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864, from homesteading and mining to the Great Depression and World War II. Provocative and illuminating.


Summary

Those who appreciate the impact of history will be impressed with the selection of articles." --Nebraska History

Designed for survey courses--yet in-depth enough to support intensive discussion--these seventeen classic essays traverse the history of the American West, from women's property rights in Spanish-Mexican California to the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864, from homesteading and mining to the Great Depression and World War II. Provocative and illuminating.


Author Notes

Walter Nugent has been Andrew V. Tackes Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame since 1984. His earlier books include The Tolerant Populist: Kansas Populism and Nativism, Money and American Society 1865-1880, Structures of American Social History, and Crossings: The Great Transatlantic Migrations, 1870-1914. Forthcoming is a history of the people of the American West.

Martin Ridge, former president of the Western History Association and the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, is Senior Research Associate in the Huntington Library. He is former editor of The Journal of American History and co-author with Ray Allen Billington of Westward Expansion: A History of the American Frontier and America's Frontier Story: A Documentary History of Westward Expansion.


Walter Nugent has been Andrew V. Tackes Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame since 1984. His earlier books include The Tolerant Populist: Kansas Populism and Nativism, Money and American Society 1865-1880, Structures of American Social History, and Crossings: The Great Transatlantic Migrations, 1870-1914. Forthcoming is a history of the people of the American West.

Martin Ridge, former president of the Western History Association and the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, is Senior Research Associate in the Huntington Library. He is former editor of The Journal of American History and co-author with Ray Allen Billington of Westward Expansion: A History of the American Frontier and America's Frontier Story: A Documentary History of Westward Expansion.


Table of Contents

Map
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments and Permissions
Timeline
General IntroductionMartin Ridge
Part I Defining the West
Are We Talking about a Place? What Is It? Where Is It?
1 , "Where is the American West?"Walter Nugent
2 , "The American West: From Frontier to Region"Martin Ridge
3 , "Frontiers and Empires in the Late Nineteenth Century"Walter Nugent
Part II The Eighteenth Century
California Women, 1769-1848
4 , "Rancheras and the Land: Women and Property Rights in Hispanic California"Gloria Ricci Lothrop
Part III The Nineteenth Century
Exploration, the Fur Trade, and National Identity, 1807-1845
5 , "Mountain Man as Jacksonian Man"William H. Goetzmann
Indians, Animals, and the Great Plains, 1800-1850
6 , "Bison Ecology and Bison Diplomacy: The Southern Plains from 1800 to 1850"Dan Flores
The Mexican-American War, 1846-1848
7 , "Mexican Opinion, American Racism, and the War of 1846"Gene M. Brack
The Latter-day Saints, 1830-1890
8 , Mormon"'Deliverance' and the Closing of the Frontier"Martin Ridge
Indians, the Army, and Settlers, 1864
9 , "Sand Creek"Janet LeCompte
Cowboys as Wage Workers, 1880s
10 , "Cowboy Strikes and Unions"David E. Lopez
Homesteading, 1880s-1930s
11 , "'Everything I Want is Here!': The Dakota Farmer's Rural Ideal, 1884-1934"Paula M. Nelson
Part IV The Twentieth Century
Mexican, "Anglo", and European Miners and Capital, 1900-1915
12 ,"'The Men Have Become Organizers': Labor Conflict and Unionization in the Mexican Mining Communities of Arizona, 1900-1915"Phil Mellinger
The Great Depression in the Northwest, 1929-1941
13 ,""Idaho and the Great Depression"Leonard J. Arrington
World War II and the Metropolis, 1941-1945
14 , "The Impact of the Second World War on Los Angeles"Arthur C. Verge
Japanese-American Women and the Internment of 1942-1945
15 , "Japanese-American Women during World War II"Valerie Matsumoto
African-Americans in the West, 1541-1993
16 , "From Esteban to Rodney King: Five Centuries of African American History in the West"Quintard Taylor
The Pacific Northwest since 1945
17 , "Regional City and Network City: Portland and Seattle in the Twentieth Century"Carl Abbott
Map
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments and Permissions
Timeline
General IntroductionMartin Ridge
Part I Defining the West
Are We Talking about a Place? What Is It? Where Is It?
1 , "Where is the American West?"Walter Nugent
2 , "The American West: From Frontier to Region"Martin Ridge
3 , "Frontiers and Empires in the Late Nineteenth Century"Walter Nugent
Part II The Eighteenth Century
California Women, 1769-1848
4 , "Rancheras and the Land: Women and Property Rights in Hispanic California"Gloria Ricci Lothrop
Part III The Nineteenth Century
Exploration, the Fur Trade, and National Identity, 1807-1845
5 , "Mountain Man as Jacksonian Man"William H. Goetzmann
Indians, Animals, and the Great Plains, 1800-1850
6 , "Bison Ecology and Bison Diplomacy: The Southern Plains from 1800 to 1850"Dan Flores
The Mexican-American War, 1846-1848
7 , "Mexican Opinion, American Racism, and the War of 1846"Gene M. Brack
The Latter-day Saints, 1830-1890
8 , Mormon"'Deliverance' and the Closing of the Frontier"Martin Ridge
Indians, the Army, and Settlers, 1864
9 , "Sand Creek"Janet LeCompte
Cowboys as Wage Workers, 1880s
10 , "Cowboy Strikes and Unions"David E. Lopez
Homesteading, 1880s-1930s
11 , "'Everything I Want is Here!': The Dakota Farmer's Rural Ideal, 1884-1934"Paula M. Nelson
Part IV The Twentieth Century
Mexican, "Anglo", and European Miners and Capital, 1900-1915
12 ,"'The Men Have Become Organizers': Labor Conflict and Unionization in the Mexican Mining Communities of Arizona, 1900-1915"Phil Mellinger
The Great Depression in the Northwest, 1929-1941
13 ,""Idaho and the Great Depression"Leonard J. Arrington
World War II and the Metropolis, 1941-1945
14 , "The Impact of the Second World War on Los Angeles"Arthur C. Verge
Japanese-American Women and the Internment of 1942-1945
15 , "Japanese-American Women during World War II"Valerie Matsumoto
African-Americans in the West, 1541-1993
16 , "From Esteban to Rodney King: Five Centuries of African American History in the West"Quintard Taylor
The Pacific Northwest since 1945
17 , "Regional City and Network City: Portland and Seattle in the Twentieth Century"Carl Abbott