The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1988 - History - 396 pages
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The "settling" of the American West has been powerfully perceived throughout the world as a series of quaint, violent, and romantic adventuresmost withhappy endings and a process that came to an end with the "closing" of thefrontier in the 1890s. But in fact, Patricia Nelson Limerick argues, the AmericanWest has a history grounded in primary economic realityin hardheaded questionsof profit, loss, competition, and consolidation. In The Legacy of Conquest, she interprets the stories and the characters in a new way: the trappers, traders,Indians, farmers, oilmen, cowboys, and sheriffs of the Old West "meant business"in more ways than one, and their descendents mean business today.
  

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Important learning here about perspectives that show us history is not so simple. There is always so much more to any story. Important to read about the racism in Western history re the Chinese, the ... Read full review

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Fascinating look at the overlooked parts of the American West. The only downside was that it didn't incorporate the "traditional" aspects of the West to create a complete picture. Read full review

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Contents

Closing the Frontier and Opening Western History
17
THE CONQUERORS
33
Empire of Innocence
35
Property Values
55
Denial and Dependence
78
Uncertain Enterprises
97
The Meeting Ground of Past and Present
134
THE CONQUERORS MEET THEIR MATCH
177
The Persistence of Natives
179
America the Borderland
222
Racialism on the Run
259
Mankind the Manager
293
The Burdens of Western American History
322
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Patricia Nelson Limerick is a professor of history & chair of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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