Across This Land: A Regional Geography of the United States and Canada / Edition 1

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Overview

Based on decades of research and written in clear, concise prose by one of the foremost geographers in North America, John C. Hudson's Across This Land is a comprehensive regional geography of the North American continent.

Clearly organized, the book divides the entire United States and Canada into six major regions, then further subdivides them into twelve smaller areas. Hudson emphasizes each region or area's distinguishing place-specific attributes, including—to a larger degree than previous regional geographies—political considerations. In this way, the book tells the story of each region, relying on a brisk narrative that reveals the dynamic processes of their distinctive characteristics.

The first extensive regional geography of the North American continent in over seventy-five years, Hudson's Across This Land will become the standard text in geography courses dealing with Canada and the U.S. as well as a popular reference work for scholars, students, and lay readers.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
A well-written story of a land and people, enhanced by photographs taken over a 20-year period. The narrative is tied to a series of fascinating and uncluttered maps, which enable readers to relate place and circumstance... This regional study of the geography of North America is as comprehensive as it is excellent.
Annals of Iowa
An elegantly written and concise regional geography... The result accomplishes the best intent of regional geography—to shape the character of the whole through careful description of its parts.

— Michael Steiner

American Reference Books Annual
A readable and informative volume that is not limited to one phase of geography, but which includes the physical, historical, economic, human, and political aspects of the topic.
Choice

A well-written story of a land and people, enhanced by photographs taken over a 20-year period. The narrative is tied to a series of fascinating and uncluttered maps, which enable readers to relate place and circumstance... This regional study of the geography of North America is as comprehensive as it is excellent.

American Review of Canadian Studies
Extensive emphasis on the history and politics of each region makes it unique and outstanding. The book offers a new direction for teaching the regional geography of the United States and Canada.

— James C. Saku

Northwestern
This fact-packed, well-organized and felicitously written book goes miles beyond the mere recitation of state capitals. Drawing upon his nearly 30 years of teaching university-level geography, Hudson offers a comprehensive history of the geological, agricultural, topographical, industrial, social and political development of the United States and Canada.
Wisconsin Magazine of History
The delicious historical details are interspersed with sweeping generalizations that capture the essence of each region and sub-region... It's such good reading and such a valuable resource that Across This Land is an essential book in the personal library of any well-read American or Canadian.

— Russell S. Kirby

Wisconsin Magazine of History - Russell S. Kirby
The delicious historical details are interspersed with sweeping generalizations that capture the essence of each region and sub-region... It's such good reading and such a valuable resource that Across This Land is an essential book in the personal library of any well-read American or Canadian.
American Review of Canadian Studies - James C. Saku
Extensive emphasis on the history and politics of each region makes it unique and outstanding. The book offers a new direction for teaching the regional geography of the United States and Canada.
Annals of Iowa - Michael Steiner
An elegantly written and concise regional geography... The result accomplishes the best intent of regional geography—to shape the character of the whole through careful description of its parts.
John Fraser Hart
This book is a genuine tour de force. Light years ahead of existing textbooks, Across This Land is a true regional geography that will benefit anyone who reads it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801865671
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Creating the North American Landscape
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 518,740
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Hudson is a professor of geography and director of the Program in Environmental Sciences at Northwestern University and the first recipient of the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize for popular books in American human geography, awarded by the Association of American Geographers.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents:



List of Maps

Preface

References



PART I: Atlantic Canada and Quebec

Chapter 1: Newfoundland and Labrador

Chapter 2: Quebec

Chapter 3: Maritimes



PART II: The Northeast

Chapter 4: New England

Chapter 5: New York and Ontario

Chapter 6: The Middle Atlantic



PART III: The Upland South

Chapter 7: The Southern Appalachians

Chapter 8: The Interior Low Plateaus

Chapter 9: The Ozarks and the Ouachitas



PART IV: The Lowland South

Chapter 10: The Southeastern Piedmont and the Coastal Plain

Chapter 11: The Florida Peninsula

Chapter 12: The Gulf Coastal Plain and the Alluvial



PART V: The Middle West

Chapter 13: The Corn Belt

Chapter 14: The Lower Great Lakes



PART VI: Prairies and Plains

Chapter 15: Texas and the Southern Plains

Chapter 16: The Prairie Wheat Lands



PART VII: The Western Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains

Chapter 17: The Southern Rocky Mountains and the High Plains

Chapter 18: The Missouri Plateau



PART VIII: The Intermountain West

Chapter 19: The Northern Rocky Mountains and the Columbia-Snake Plateau

Chapter 20: The Great Basin

Chapter 21: The Colorado Plateau and the Desert Southwest



PART IX: The North

Chapter 22: The Upper Great Lakes

Chapter 23: The Canadian Shield

Chapter 24: The Far North



PART X: The Pacific Realm

Chapter 25: The Pacific Northwest

Chapter 26: California

Chapter 27: Hawaii

Johns Hopkins University Press

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