Frontiers: A Short History of the American West / Edition 1

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Overview

Published in 2000 to critical acclaim, The American West: A New Interpretive History quickly became the standard in college history courses. Now Robert V. Hine and John Mack Faragher offer a concise edition of their classic, freshly updated. Lauded for their lively and elegant writing, the authors provide a grand survey of the colorful history of the American West, from the first contacts between Native Americans and Europeans to the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Frontiers introduces the diverse peoples and cultures of the American West and explores how men and women of different ethnic groups were affected when they met, mingled, and often clashed. Hine and Faragher present the complexities of the American West—as frontier and region, real and imagined, old and new. Showcasing the distinctive voices and experiences of frontier characters, they explore topics ranging from early exploration to modern environmentalism, drawing expansively from a wide range of sources. With four galleries of fascinating illustrations drawn from Yale University's premier Collection of Western Americana, some published here for the first time, this book will be treasured by every reader with an interest in the unique saga of the American West.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300136203
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: The Lamar Series in Western History
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 585,547
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert V. Hine is professor emeritus, University of California, Riverside and Irvine. He lives in Irvine. John Mack Faragher is Arthur Unobskey Professor of American History, Yale University. He is the author of Women and Men on the Overland Trail and Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie, both published by Yale University Press. He lives in Hamden, CT.

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Introduction: Dreams and Homelands     1
A New World Begins     7
Contest of Cultures     17
The Struggle of Empires     28
The Western Land and Its Markers     39
The Fur Trade     52
From Texas to Oregon     62
War and Destiny     80
Mining Frontiers     94
The Power of the Road     109
Open Range     121
The Safety Valve     133
A Search for Community     147
The Urban Frontier     163
Plunder and Preservation     176
The Myth of the Frontier     191
The Frontier and West in Our Time     204
Further Reading     227
Index     231

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