The Silver State: Nevada's Heritage Reinterpreted

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University of Nevada Press, 2004 - History - 375 pages
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Nevada has changed dramatically over the past quarter century, and in this third edition of The Silver State, renowned historian James W. Hulse recounts the major events--historical, political, and social--that have shaped our state. Hulse's cohesive and readable approach offers students and general readers an accessible account of Nevada's colorful history. The new edition highlights the social and political changes that have occurred since the original publication of The Silver State in 1991. Hulse discusses the impact of a growing population; changes in the economy and educational system; expanding roles of women; recent developments in state politics, including the 2003 legislative session; the influence of Nevada's growing ethnic population and increasingly divergent demographic groups; and the impact of federal pollicies, including President George W. Bush's 2002 decision to authorize the opening of a nuclear-waste repository at Yucca Mountain. In addition, all the recommended-reading lists have been updated. The Silver State explores many dimensions of the Nevada experience and its peoples--from the prehistoric Anasazi Indians to the creators of extravagant casinos on the Las Vegas Strip; from dust-stained Comstock miners to the state's contemporary and very cosmopolitan Sunbelt population. This book will inspire readers to take another look at the rich cultural heritage and eventful history of Nevada, the Silver State.
  

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Contents

The Space and the Natural Setting
1
Native Americans
2
The First Explorers3
33
Settlers on the Move 18411850143
43
Three Cultures in Collision 185018605r
57
The Early Comstock and Statehood
74
Colorado Steamboats Eldorado Canyon and the Second Wave of Mormons91
91
The Era of the Boomtowns 18651878707
101
The Second Era of Railroad Building180
180
Reno and Las Vegas Since 1940203
203
Changing Policies and Uses223
223
Federal State and Local 1242
242
Gambling and Tourism 267
267
Community Building in the Silver Slate277
277
The Struggle for Equal Rights 1297
297
The Twelve Northern Counties373
313

The Railroads and Their Towns114
114
The Livestock Oligarchy and the Agricultural Frontier733
133
Crusaders for Silver Indians and Womens Rights149
149
The Second Mining Boom762
162
The Five Southern Counties333
333
Selected Bibliography 1
351
Index 1363
363
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A native of Pioche, Nevada, James W. Hulse is professor emeritus of history at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the author of ten books.

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