The American West: A Twentieth-century History

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U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 1989 - History - 347 pages
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The mystique of the Wild West perpetuated by Buffalo Bill, Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour, John Wayne, and the Marlboro Man has hindered the serious study of the real region west of the ninety-eighth meridian. Michael P. Malone and Richard W.øEtulain move beyond myth and beyond the influential frontier thesis advanced by Frederick Jackson Turner to write about the American West as it has actually developed in the twentieth century. In vivid detail they describe a region too richly varied and dynamic to be contained by the imagination. Extending into the 1980s, The American West: A Twentieth-Century History is the first comprehensive survey of the modern West to appear in many years.

Malone and Etulain discuss economic, political, social, and cultural developments in the West from the turn of the century to the onset of the Great Depression, when the region was still in a colonial relationship to the urban, industrial Northeast and upper Midwest; from 1930 to the end of World War II, when the West was transformed by New Deal programs and by even greater federal spending in military installations; and from 1945 to the present, when the West experienced rapid changes in demographics and a series of trendsetting lifestyles. Unique to this history are chapters about the rich cultural heritage of the modern West and about the lives of men, women, and children of various ethnic groups. Detailed bibliographical essays are included.

  

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Contents

The Emerging Postfrontier Economy 19001930
11
Politics of the Postfrontier Era 19001930
54
Depression New Deal and War 19301945
87
Social Patterns in the Modern West
120
Culture in the Modern West
170
The Modern Western Economy
219
Politics of the Modern Era 19451987
264
Bibliographical Essays
295
Index
331
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Michael P. Malone, a professor of history at Montana State University, is the author of many books and the editor of Historians and the American West, published by the University of Nebraska Press in 1983. Richard W. Etulain, a professor of history at the University of New Mexico, is the editor of A Bibliographical Guide to the Study of Western American Literature (University of Nebraska Press, 1982) and other publications.

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