History of Wyoming (Second Edition) / Edition 2

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Overview


Reviewers hailed the original edition of T.A. Larson’s History of Wyoming (Winner of an Award of Merit of the American Association for State and Local History) as “a refreshing new look at the most western of the Western States,” “an excellent model of what a state history should be.” In that first comprehensive, critical history of Wyoming, the author was not concerned to recapitulate the familiar tales of fast guns and renegades associated with the pre-territorial years; his focus was on the men, women, and events which have shaped the state’s history since 18965, when the name Wyoming was first applied to the area.

Although dramatic incidents and changes occurred in Wyoming from time to time during its territorial and statehood years into the 1960’s, the state remained preeminently a cattlemen’s domain and tourist mecca. Then the world energy crisis greatly enhanced the value of these state’s vast reserves of oil, gas, uranium, and coal. Unprecedented growth resulted (the state was losing population in 1965, when the first edition of this book was published), bringing expanded payrolls and wealth on the one hand and serious problems on the other as developers and environmentalists competed for control of Wyoming’s future.

Incorporating new chapters on the state’s abrupt turnaround from “the lonesome land” to an important national center of energy development, this edition continues to emphasize political, economic, and social history and to offer new interpretations and information. Examining the great changes of the 1970’s, Larson concludes that trade-offs and compromises are inevitable, major decisions lie ahead, and it’s an exciting and challenging era for Wyoming citizens.

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Editorial Reviews

Western American Literature

"This remains the book of Wyoming history for anyone seeking a one-volume overview of frontier events in this western state."—Western American Literature
San Francisco Chronicle

"[This] may be the finest state history ever written. . . . Required reading for anyone with pretensions to knowledge about the West—past, present, future."—San Francisco Chronicle
In Wyoming

"An unequalled historical work for the use of serious students or interested laymen alike. Absorbing arid readable."—In Wyoming
Denver Post Roundup

"A fine history of Wyoming. It is candid, well-balanced. . . . Wyoming should be proud it possesses a historian of Dr. Larson's ability."—Denver Post Roundup
Boston Globe

"A fine history of Wyoming. It is candid, well-balanced. . . . Wyoming should be proud it possesses a historian of Dr. Larson's ability."—Denver Post Roundup
Western American Literature

"This remains the book of Wyoming history for anyone seeking a one-volume overview of frontier events in this western state."—Western American Literature

San Francisco Chronicle

"[This] may be the finest state history ever written. . . . Required reading for anyone with pretensions to knowledge about the West—past, present, future."—San Francisco Chronicle

In Wyoming

"An unequalled historical work for the use of serious students or interested laymen alike. Absorbing arid readable."—In Wyoming

Denver Post Roundup

"A fine history of Wyoming. It is candid, well-balanced. . . . Wyoming should be proud it possesses a historian of Dr. Larson's ability."—Denver Post Roundup

Boston Globe

"A fine history of Wyoming. It is candid, well-balanced. . . . Wyoming should be proud it possesses a historian of Dr. Larson's ability."—Denver Post Roundup

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803279360
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 8/19/1990
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 695
  • Sales rank: 1,422,440
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author


T. A. Larson (1910-2001). His History of Wyoming is also published by the University of Nebraska Press.
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