The Shaping of America: A Geographical Perspective on 500 Years of History, Volume 2

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Yale University Press, 1995 - History - 656 pages
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In this volume, the second in a projected four-volume series, D. W. Meinig again provides a fresh interpretation of the American past, bringing his special geographical perspective to the years between 1800 and 1867, the period when the nation experienced a dramatic expansion in territory, population, economy, and political tension that culminated in the Civil War. As in his first volume, Atlantic America, Meinig assesses the characteristics of regions and political territories and the relations among them, examining the dual roles played by geopolitics and ethnoculture in the shaping of the United States.
  

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Contents

Prologue
3
PART
219
Colonization American Style
236
New England Extended
264
Virginia Extended
273
Midlands Extended
279
The Cotton Belt and South Carolina Extended
285
The AfroAmerican Presence
296
Prologue
431
The Shaping of New States
432
Expanding the Federation
447
The Idea of Separation
461
Disintegration
475
Geopolitical Alternatives
489
Conquest and Emancipation
502
Geopolitical Contentions
516

Waterways Roads and Rails
311
National Programs
334
Cities and Systems of Cities
352
Industries and Industrial Regions
374
An American Nation
399
The Shape of the United States 1850s
418
THE SUNDERING OF A FEDERATION
429
THE UNITED STATES IN NORTH AMERICA CIRCA 1867
529
Prologue
531
Continental America
532
The Northern Borderlands
533
Hispanic Borderlands
546
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D. W. Meinig is Maxwell Research Professor of Geography at Syracuse University.

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