Into the West: The Story of Its People [NOOK Book]

Overview

Acclaimed historian Walter Nugent brings us what is perhaps the most comprehensive and fascinating account to date of the peopling of the American West. In this epic social-demographic history, Nugent explores the populations of the West as they grow, change and intersect from the Paleo-Indians, the Spanish Conquistadors, to displaced Okies, wartime African American immigrants, and all the disparate groups that have made California the most ...
See more details below
Into the West: The Story of Its People

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$13.99
BN.com price

Overview

Acclaimed historian Walter Nugent brings us what is perhaps the most comprehensive and fascinating account to date of the peopling of the American West. In this epic social-demographic history, Nugent explores the populations of the West as they grow, change and intersect from the Paleo-Indians, the Spanish Conquistadors, to displaced Okies, wartime African American immigrants, and all the disparate groups that have made California the most ethnically diverse state in the union.

Their tale, in all its complexity, is a tale that surprises, that subverts traditional stereotypes and that illuminates the multifaceted character of one of the world’s most unique and dynamic territories.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
A light touch and attention to people of all racial and cultural groups characterize this detail-filled, thoroughly researched account of the American West. Nugent begins with a chapter-long exploration of the concept of "the west" as different groups have held it in various places and times, and how the ideas came to be. He follows with a long chapter called "From Time Immemorial to 1848," which this reviewer found especially engaging. He then moves chronologically from the time of the earliest white settlers (the Gold Rush, the Mormon trek, the opening of California) to the settlement of the Great Plains by farmers and miners, to battles with Mexico, to the cultural and physical displacements triggered by the Dust Bowl, to the effects of the two world wars, and to the last half of the 20th century, where he sees the effects of Watts, the baby boom, and the growth of the western coastal cities. He notes the thinning of the plains population and the flourishing of Silicon Valley. He ends with a chapter on current trends and "Some Post-Millennial Projections." Nugent's attention to minorities sets this history apart from most histories of the West. He has taught history at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University and has lived in a number of European countries and in Israel. Excellent reading for history teachers. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1999, Random House, Vintage, 493p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. 21cm. 99-18957., $16.00. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Edna M. Boardman; Minot, ND , July 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 4)
Booknews
Paleo-Indians, Spanish conquistadors and settlers, gold rushers, and aspiring movie stars and computer moguls are among the people Nugent (history, U. of Notre Dame) profiles in his historic sweep of the US west. He explains such matters as how California became the most urban, most populous, and most ethnically diverse state in the country; why African Americans in the early 1900s thought Oakland and Denver more tolerant than San Francisco or Los Angeles; and what happened to the second generation of Mormons after the big migrations of the 1840s. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
“Essential reading…. A big, sprawling book about a big, sprawling place…. In notable ways, it departs from earlier versions of ‘How the West was won’.”–The Los Angeles Times
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307426420
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Walter Nugent taught history at the University of Notre Dame from 1984 to 1999, and before that, was Professor of History at Indiana University for twenty-one years. As a visiting professor he has also taught and lived in England, Israel, Germany, Poland, and Ireland. He has published nine previous books and well over a hundred essays and review on American and comparative history. He lives with his wife, the historian Suellen Hoy, in Chesteron, Indiana.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt




Several fault lines distinguish people's ideas about the West. One separates those wedded to the victory narratives of Buffalo Bill, Turner, or novelist Zane Grey, from demythologizers who are more aware of "the manifold ways in which one people's ambitions are fulfilled at the expense of another's." A parallel fault line divides those who see the frontier narrative as progressive and ennobling from those who stress conflict, conquest, and environmental depletion. Another line splits those who define "the West" as myth or state of mind from those who anchor it in historical and geographical fact. Still another separates those who define the West as the interior, exclusive Dodge-to-Sierras country, from those who see it extending from the Great Plains to the Pacific. The former think it really ended around 1915. The latter will tell you that it is still happening.

The Angeleno's view of the world is certainly more cosmopolitan than the 1970s' perspective from midtown Manhattan in Saul Steinberg's cartoon. But neither says much about history or about the migrations that have peopled the West. It is time to get to the story, keeping in mind that the West in question here is the Plains-to-Pacific West, the census's West plus the Great Plains, the left half of the map of the United States. Millions of people went there, motivated in most cases by homesteading, gold rushing, California dreaming, nostalgia, or unembellished wage earning. That is the where and the why. Who peopled the West, and when? Those are questions for a demographic history, which is as follows.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Maps
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Where the West Is and Why People Have Gone There 3
2 From Time Immemorial to 1848 18
3 The United States Captures Its West, 1848-1889 54
4 Defying the Depression, 1889-1901 98
5 The Golden Twilight of the Settlement Frontier, 1901-1913 131
6 Tourists, Honyockers, Mexicans, and More, 1914-1929 174
7 Dust Bowl and Depression, 1929-1941 227
8 The War, the Baby Boom, and Slouching toward Watts, 1941-1965 255
9 "Where It All Starts," 1965-1987 312
10 The Leading Edge, 1987-1998 351
Notes 381
Bibliography 435
Index 477
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 26 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(21)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(2)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(2)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 26 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2015

    Dovesilence

    The beautiful she-cat pads in, her gray-speckled white coat shining in the sunlight. Her gray ears are facing slightly backward, her body rigid with excitement. She has a green and a blue eye. Her blue eye is blind. The green eye is wide with an excitted expression. Her brother Cinderpelt, a handsome tom with a light red coat and gold eyes, pads in behind her, looking wearily around at this new place. In an excited voice, Dovesilence asks, "Can we join, with me as deputy?"

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Milkfur

    The blind white shecat ran in, panting. "Anyone home?"

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Darkforest cat

    Thanks

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    C

    Crowpelt let out a faint moan as he was picked up, his breath rasping unsteadily in his chest.

    Wheres the med den? Ps- for all my wicked clown brothees out there, whoop whoop!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Chloe

    Walks in, blond hair shining can i join i want to be medicine person

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Angelkit

    I wanna come to

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Snowpaw

    Sorry meant to put paw I'm 8moons not a kit though never had a ceremonie just gave the name to myself

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Shadowkit to all

    Pads in "hi my father sent me."

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Ticket update for redsky

    Gala is at charity all res on friday at 9

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Rainbowkit

    Res five i think

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    BlueBell

    -'†BlueBell: She nodded. "I will be," she meowed and sat, bringing her paw to her mouth, rasping her tongue over it.†'-

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Heatherkit

    I need to be apprenticed im 6moons old

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Technostar

    I would love to make an allience.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Glacierpelt

    Pads in may i join

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Thunderstar

    She padded in looking for Icestar

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Greenherb

    Can i join? I can be medcat uf needed.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Sorasky

    I am oeaving rp cause i have had too many deaths in my family

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Grimpaw

    "Thanks"

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Sagetail

    I would like to join. And may i try for dputy. Im loyal and active

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Fronzenpaw

    She pads around

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 26 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)