The Human Tradition in the American West / Edition 1

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The Human Tradition in the American West is an engrossing collection of 13 biographies of men and women whose contributions to the development of the American West have largely been left untold in the history books. This volume goes beyond the traditional biographical reader by including the lives that collectively offer racial and gender diversity as well as differing class and sexual orientation backgrounds. Editors Benson Tong and Regan A. Lutz have assembled an impressive group of scholars whose succinct and well-written accounts will give students a more complete understanding of this diverse, dynamic region of the United States.

This book is an excellent resource for courses on the American West, U.S. history survey courses and courses in American social and cultural history.

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Editorial Reviews

James S. Olson
During the 1980s and 1990s, the pioneering work of such scholars as Patricia Limerick gave rise to the New Western History, an intellectual crusade that has completely altered the way most Americans view their own past and the westward movement. Women, Hispanics, and African Americans were just as conspicuous in the westward movement as white men, and The Human Tradition in the American West captures that diversity and complexity. Benson Tong and Regan Lutz have assembled a series of essays that are richly nuanced, intellectually balanced, and true to the rich traditions of the American West.
L. G. Moses
This superb reader helps to explain the American West in all its complexities and varieties. Through individual biographies that span the centuries from the late eighteenth to the present, the authors animate a region that, despite the legends, maddeningly defies convenient geographical expression. Place and process, region and multiplicity of places—all are set gracefully within the context of a larger American history. This book may be used with great success in both seminars and surveys.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842028615
  • Publisher: Scholarly Resources, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Human Tradition in American History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The American West in Its Many Incarnations, by Benson Tong and Regan A. Lutz
1.Francisco Javier Clavijero and the Founding of the Literary West, by John F. Crossen
2. Eliza Hart Spalding: The Missionary Legacy of a Forgotten Feminist, by Laurie Winn Carlson
3. María Amparo Ruiz Burton and The Squatter and the Don, by Rosamaría Tanghetti
4. Henry de Groot and the Mining West, by Gerald Thompson
5. William Jefferson Hardin: Wyoming's Nineteenth-Century Black Legislator, by Roger D. Hardaway
6. Henry Ossian Flipper: African-American Western Pioneer, by Theodore D. Harris
7. Clara True and Female Moral Authority, by Margaret D. Jacobs
8. Joseph W. Brown: Native American Politician, by Paul C. Rosier
9. Eugene Pulliam: Municipal Booster, by Lara Bickell
10. William O. Douglas: The Environmental Justice, by Adam M. Sowards
11. Margaret Chung and the Dilemma of Bicultural Identity, by Benson Tong
12. Robert Burnette: A Postwar Lakota Activist, by Richmond L. Clow
13. Harvey Milk: San Francisco, and the Gay Migration, by Laura A. Belmonte
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