The American Far West in the Twentieth Century

The American Far West in the Twentieth Century

by Earl Pomeroy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300120737

ISBN-13: 9780300120738

Pub. Date: 10/21/2008

Publisher: Yale University Press

In this richly insightful survey that represents the culmination of decades of research, a leading western specialist argues that the unique history of the American West did not end in the year 1900, as is commonly assumed, but was shaped as much—if not more—by events and innovations in the twentieth century. Earl Pomeroy gathers copious information on

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In this richly insightful survey that represents the culmination of decades of research, a leading western specialist argues that the unique history of the American West did not end in the year 1900, as is commonly assumed, but was shaped as much—if not more—by events and innovations in the twentieth century. Earl Pomeroy gathers copious information on economic, political, social, intellectual, and business issues, thoughtfully evaluates it, and draws a new and more nuanced portrait of the West than has ever been depicted before.

Pomeroy mines extensive published and unpublished sources to show how the post–1900 West charted a path that was influenced by, but separate from, the rest of the country and the world. He deals not only with the West’s transition from an agricultural to an urban region but also with the important contributions of minority racial and ethnic groups and women in that transformation. Pomeroy describes a modern West—increasingly urban, transnational, and multicultural—that has overcome much of the isolation that challenged it at an earlier time. His final book is nothing short of the definitive source on that West.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300120738
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/21/2008
Series:
The Lamar Series in Western History
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
600
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Howard R. Lamar vii

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments Richard W. Etulain xxv

1 The West in 1901 1

2 Agricultural Frontiers: New Frams and Family Farmers 20

3 Agricultural Frontiers: Framing on New Scales 53

4 New Forms of Economic Growth 89

5 Economic Growth from the 1940s 116

6 The Urban Occupation of the West: Rails, Roads, and Cities 149

7 Rails, Roads, and Cities from the Second World War 185

8 Social Relations and Social Attitudes: Cultural Bases 225

9 Social Relations and Social Attitudes: Putting Down Roots-Agencies of Acculturation 264

10 Western Politics 300

11 Expanding Electorates 338

12 Frontiers of Land and Opportunity: The Variously Far West 376

Notes 405

Supplemental Bibliography David M. Wrobel 535

Index 549

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