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Montana: Land of Contrast tells the history of a state beset by many differences. East and West are different lands and have produced different people, economies, politics, and cultures. Montana was simultaneously home to the cattle barons and their endless grass kingdom, and the copper kings who controlled Butte, "the richest hill on earth." But even the kings weren't as mighty as the mineral empire they built -- the Anaconda Copper Mining Company reigned for almost a century.
Author Harry W. Fritz skillfully recreates the stories behind this Land of Contrast. He pushes beyond Montana's past and uniquely records contemporary Montana. Detailing the birth of the state's second constitution in 1972, Fritz shows how Montana's past and present differences achieved a delicate balance.
Three hundred illustrations, carefully selected by picture researcher William Farr, depict Montana's heritage in all its diversity. Twenty-four pages of color photographs -- including the magnificent paintings of Charles M. Russell and Karl Bodmer -- bring the Big Sky Country to life. And in a special chapter, entitled "Chronicles of Leadership" a spotlight is put on the businesses and organizations that contribute to the ever-changing commercial environment that defines the Land of Contrast.
|Prologue: The Land of Contrast||8|
|IV.||The Great Plains||56|
|V.||The Copper Kings||72|
|VII.||Dust and Depression||96|
|VIII.||The Revolutions of Modern Montana||112|
|IX.||The Collapse of Traditional Montana||124|
|X.||Montana in the 21st Century||154|
|XI.||Chronicles of Leadership||162|
|A Timeline of Montana's History||202|
|A Few Good Books About Montana||205|