The American West: A New Interpretive History

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Yale University Press, 2000 - History - 616 pages
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Two eminent historians, Robert V. Hine and John Mack Faragher, present the American West as both frontier and region, real and imagined, old and new, and they show how men and women of all ethnic groups were affected when different cultures met and clashed. Their concise and engaging survey of frontier history traces the story from the first Columbian contacts between Indians and Europeans to the multicultural encounters of the modern Southwest.

The book attunes us to the voices of the frontiers many diverse peoples: Indians, struggling to defend their homelands and searching for a way to live with colonialism; the men and women who became immigrants and colonists from all over the world; African Americans, both slave and free; and border-land migrants from Mexico, Canada, and Asian lands. Profusely illustrated with contemporary drawings, posters, and photographs and written In lively and accessible prose, the book not only presents a panoramic view of historical events and characters but also provides fascinating details about such topics as western landscapes, environmental movements, literature, visual arts, and film.

Following in the tradition of Hine's earlier acclaimed work, The American West: An Interpretive History, this volume will be an essential resource for scholars, students, and general readers.

  

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Hine (history, Univ. of California, Riverside) and Faragher (history, Yale) have come out with a new edition of Hine's very well received The American West: An Interpretative History (1973). The text ... Read full review

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"An Interpretive History, this volume will be an essential resource for scholars, students, and general readers."
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Contents

A New World Begins
12
Contest of Cultures
39
The Struggle of Empires
71
The Land and Its Markers
100
The Fur Trade
133
From Texas to Oregon
159
War and Destiny
199
Mining Frontiers
234
The Safety Valve
330
A Search for Community
362
The Urban Frontier
401
Plunder and Preservation
434
Myth of the West
472
The Frontier and West in Our Time
512
Notes
563
Index
591

The Power of the Road
274
Open Range
301

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Robert V. Hine is Professor of History Emeritus of the University of California, Riverside, and Professor Recalled at the University of California, Irvine. Among his many books are "Josiah Royce" (1992), and "California's Utopian Colonies" (3rd reprint edition California, 1983).

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