Beyond the Missouri: The Story of the American West / Edition 1

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Overview

This new historical overview tells the dramatic story of the American West from its prehistory to the present. A narrative history, it covers the region from the North Dakota-to-Texas states to the Pacific Coast. This West has always been home to richly diverse cultural groups, including today's growing numbers of Indian, Hispanic, Asian and African Americans.

Other distinctions have marked the western past: first, the differences among prehistoric peoples and among hundreds of Indian tribes at first white contact; next, the varied western subcultures that emerged in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; third the social, cultural, and political complexities of the West in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

In Beyond the Missouri, Richard Etulain provides a fresh, balanced narrative of this geographically and culturally vast area and emphasizes two themes: change and complexity. His perspective is neither the too-optimistic, homogenized position of the Turnerian school of historians nor the less optimistic, conflicted approach of the revisionist western historians.

Etulain begins his study with a discussion of western landscapes and Native inhabitants. He next examines the Spanish Southwest, colonial rivalries, mountain men, missionaries, and the Oregon Trail. Then Etulain looks at Mormons, miners, western communities, ranching and farming, and transportation networks. He treats western frontier social patterns and cultures and contributes several chapters on the modern West, including the pre-World War II and the Cold War Wests. Etulain concludes with today's continuing search for an American West. Each of the fifteen chapters contains a helpful list of suggested readings.

"Richard Etulain has done a remarkable job in this major new book. He incorporates current research into a West-centered narrative, all the while being judicious in his interpretations. Beyond the Missouri is sure to have classroom appeal, but it will also attract readers interested in an engaging and lively narrative history of the West."—Elliott West, Alumni Distinguished Professor, University of Arkansas

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Editorial Reviews

Durango Herald Journal
...in addition to being solidly researched and well-written, Beyond the Missouri delivers two unexpected, but welcome, lessons about American history: [it] needn't be boring,...and it needn't come with the typical does of revisionist academic politics.
True West
In his handling of this full-scale history, Etualin mixes the common sense that he acquired as a kid on a sock ranch with his book learning.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826340337
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Etulain is professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico and the author or editor of more than forty books. Etulain lives in Clackamas, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Western landscapes and first peoples 6
Ch. 2 Spain in the southwest 38
Ch. 3 Imperial rivalries and Colonial empires 63
Ch. 4 Opening the southwest 92
Ch. 5 Mountain men, missionaries, and the trail to Oregon 121
Ch. 6 Mormons, miners, and the search for western community 148
Ch. 7 Ranching, farming, and transportation networks 179
Ch. 8 Conflicts, compromises, and accommodations 209
Ch. 9 Frontier social patterns 240
Ch. 10 Culture in the frontier west 273
Ch. 11 Social and economic patterns, 1900 to 1940 299
Ch. 12 Politics and culture, 1900 to 1940 329
Ch. 13 The west transformed : World War II to 1960 362
Ch. 14 The Cold War west, 1960 to 1980 391
Ch. 15 In search of region : the American west, 1980 to the present 421
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