Chronology Of The American West

Overview

Not long ago, the story of the American West was an uncomplicated tale. Its theme was "The Winning of the West," and its plot simply followed Euro-Americans as they galloped across the continent. But throughout the last two decades, historians like Scott C. Zeman have begun to examine the story and separate the myths from the facts.

Today the history of the American West is about the land itself; about conquest and colonization; about migration and social change. Its heroes are ...

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Overview

Not long ago, the story of the American West was an uncomplicated tale. Its theme was "The Winning of the West," and its plot simply followed Euro-Americans as they galloped across the continent. But throughout the last two decades, historians like Scott C. Zeman have begun to examine the story and separate the myths from the facts.

Today the history of the American West is about the land itself; about conquest and colonization; about migration and social change. Its heroes are not only white men, but also women and children, and peoples of African, Asian, Native American, and European descent.

In this up to date chronology, readers can explore hundreds of political, social, and cultural plot points, from the arrival of the continent's first migrants more than 20,000 years ago to the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890, and from the completion of the trans-Alaska pipeline in 1977 to the shootings at Columbine High School in 2000.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Zeman provides much Native American, Hispanic, cultural, environmental, and business history in addition to more traditional fare."

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C&RL News

"Zeman has produced a balanced, well-rounded chronology . . . Chronology of the American West is intended for everyone interested in the development of the West and is recommened for high school, public, and academic libraries."

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Booklist

"[A] fresh look at the history of the region . . . Academic libraries and medium to large public libraries will want this book, as will any library with an interest in the American West."

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Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Concise and expertly edited, this chronology is a welcome addition to reference works about the American West . . . Attractively formatted with black and white illustrations throughout, the book is accessible and pleasing to use. Highly recommended for all academic libraries."

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Choice

"This is a professional work that will interest the public because of its clarity and scope. This book is highly recommended for all libraries with history collections. It will be useful for many constituencies, from schoolchildren writing research reports to historians who need to see the broad outlines and contexts of historical events."

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American Reference Books Annual

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All human experience in that part of the US lying west of a line from the Dakotas to Texas is divided into four parts, according to Zeman (history, New Mexico Tech U.). The first extends from the arrival of humans to the arrival of Europeans. The others cover the imperial west, the incorporated west, and the contested west. Each begins with an introductory essay that identifies the chronological scope of the section, highlights key themes, and explores some of implications for the larger history of the region. Bibliographic essays focus on particular topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576072073
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 400
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Native West 1
Peopling of the Americas 7
Bison 10
Maize 12
Native Americans and Slavery 26
Pt. 2 The Imperial West 29
The Requerimiento 35
Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca (1490?-1557?) 39
Onate's Legacy 46
Junipero Serra (1713-1784) 58
Captain James Cook (1728-1779) 63
The Eastern Frontier: Russia in the West 67
The Potlatch: A Pacific Northwest Tradition 69
The Louisiana Purchase 72
Stephen H. Long and "The Great American Desert" 83
Beaver (Castor Canadensis) 86
Oregon: Contested Territory 89
Manuel Mier y Teran and Texas 91
Pt. 3 The Incorporated West 105
African Americans in the Nineteenth-Century West 113
The Latter-Day Saints and the West 120
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848) 127
Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) 139
The Civil War in the West 146
Bret Harte (1836-1902) 154
Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) 171
Hawaii as the West 190
Charles Lummis (1859-1928) 197
The Tournament of Roses 199
Tourism in the West 206
Water Rights 210
Mexican Immigration before 1945 224
Pt. 4 The Contested West 237
World War II and the West 266
Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales (b. 1928) 294
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) 311
Bibliographic Essay 339
Index 367
About the Author 383
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