American West The Reader

ISBN-10: 0253212901
ISBN-13: 9780253212900
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List price: $24.00
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 10/22/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

The American West has generated exceptional attention in the past few years, and new scholarship and interpretations have enriched and enlivened the study of its history. Each of the seventeen exciting and provocative essays chosen for this book illuminates an important topic in Western history. Three opening essays by the editors define the West as frontier and region, and place American frontiers in comparative context. Then follow essays that consider women's property rights in Spanish-Mexican California; the mountain men and national identity; Indians and bison on the Great Plains in the early nineteenth century; the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848; the Latter-day Saints from 1830 to 1890; the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 as a case of Indian-white conflict; cowboys as wage workers in the 1880s; homesteading and the homesteading ideal; miners and ethnic conflict in early-twentieth-century Arizona; the Great Depression in Idaho; how World War II changed Los Angeles; Japanese-American women in World War II; African Americans in the West; and the Pacific Northwest since 1945. The editors also provide a general introduction to the study of Western history and a time line of important events.

Acknowledgments
Timeline
General Introduction
Defining the West
Are We Talking About a Place? What is it? Where is it?
Where Is the American West? Report on a Survey
The American West: From Frontier to Region
Frontiers and Empires in the Late Nineteenth Century
The Eighteenth Century
California Women, 1769-1848
Rancheras and the Land: Women and Property Rights in Hispanic California
The Nineteenth Century
Exploration, the Fur Trade, and National Identity, 1807-1845
Mountain Man as Jacksonian Man
Indians, Animals, and the Great Plains, 1800-1850
Bison Ecology and Bison Diplomacy: The Southern Plains from 1800 to 1850
The Mexican-American War, 1846-1848
Mexican Opinion, American Racism, and the War of 1846
The Latter-Day Saints, 1830-1890
Mormon "Deliverance" and the Closing of the Frontier
Indians, the Army, and Settlers, 1864
Sand Creek
Cowboys as Wage Workers, 1880s
Cowboy Strikes and Unions
Homesteading, 1880S-1930s
"Everything I Want Is Here!": The Dakota Farmer's Rural Ideal, 1884-1934
The Twentieth Century
Mexican, "Anglo," and European Miners and Capital, 1900-1915
"The Men Have Become Organizers": Labor Conflict and Unionization in the Mexican Mining Communities of Arizona, 1900-1915
The Great Depression in the Northwest, 1929-1941
Idaho and the Great Depression
World War II and the Metropolis, 1941-1945
The Impact of the Second World War on Los Angeles
Japanese-American Women and the Internment of 1942-1945
Japanese-American Women during World War II
African Americans in the West, 1541-1993
From Esteban to Rodney King: Five Centuries of African American History in the West
The Pacific Northwest Since 1945
Regional City and Network City: Portland and Seattle in the Twentieth Century
Index

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