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Thomas E. Sheridan has spent a lifetime in Arizona, "living off it and seeking refuge from it." He knows firsthand its canyons, forests, and deserts; he has seen its cities ... exploding with new growth; and, like many other people, he sometimes fears for its future. In this book, Sheridan sets forth new ideas about what a history should be. Arizona: A History explores the ways in which Native Americans, Hispanics, and Anglos have inhabited and exploited Arizona from the pursuit of the Naco mammoth 11,000 years ago to the financial adventurism of Charles Keating and others today Read more Show Less

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Thomas E. Sheridan has spent a lifetime in Arizona, "living off it and seeking refuge from it." He knows firsthand its canyons, forests, and deserts; he has seen its cities exploding with new growth; and, like many other people, he sometimes fears for its future. In this book, Sheridan sets forth new ideas about what a history should be. Arizona: A History explores the ways in which Native Americans, Hispanics, and Anglos have inhabited and exploited Arizona from the pursuit of the Naco mammoth 11,000 years ago to the financial adventurism of Charles Keating and others today. It also examines how perceptions of Arizona have changed, creating new constituencies of tourists, environmentalists, and outside business interests to challenge the dominance of ranchers, mining companies, and farmers, who used to control the state. Sheridan emphasizes the crucial role of the federal government in Arizona's development throughout the book.
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Sheridan (curator of ethnohistory at the Arizona State Museum) explores the ways in which Native Americans, Hispanics, and Anglos have inhabited and exploited Arizona from the era of the Naco mammoth 11,000 years ago to the present. He also examines how it has changed, with tourists, environmentalists, and outside business interests challenging the dominance of the ranchers, mining companies, and farmers who once controlled the state. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"The most modern survey of Arizona history to date." —Journal of the West"He has created the most passionate, multifaceted, modern history of the Grand Canyon state." —Western Historical Quarterly"In this well-written and innovative study, Sheridan (curator at the Arizona State Museum) links the history of a single southwestern state to larger national and international events that have affected its development. . . . Recommended." —Choice"Surely among the panoply of state histories, this one stands among those at the very top. You'll enjoy reading it whether you're an Arizonan or not." —Southwestern Mission Research Center
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816510566
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1995
  • Pages: 434

Meet the Author


Thomas E. Sheridan holds a joint appointment as professor of Anthropology at the Southwest Center and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. He has authored or co-edited eleven other books.
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