The American West: The Reader

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Walter T. K. Nugent, Martin Ridge
Indiana University Press, Jan 1, 1999 - History - 335 pages
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"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.

  

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Contents

General Introduction
1
ARE WE TALKING ABOUT A PLACE? WHAT IS IT? WHERE IS
11
From Frontier to Region
24
Frontiers and Empires in the Late Nineteenth Century
39
THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
57
THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
81
INDIANS ANIMALS AND THE GREAT PLAINS 18001850
97
THE MEXICANAMERICAN WAR 18461848
120
COWBOYS AS WAGE WORKERS 1880s
164
HOMESTEADING 1880S1930S
179
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
201
THE GREAT DEPRESSION IN THE NORTHWEST 19291941
225
WORLD WAR II AND THE METROPOLIS 19411945
234
JAPANESEAMERICAN WOMEN AND THE INTERNMENT OF 19421945
255
AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE WEST 15411993
274
THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST SINCE 1945
295

THE LATTERDAY SAINTS 18301890
133
INDIANS THE ARMY AND SETTLERS 1864
147

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About the author (1999)

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.

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