On Rims and Ridges: The Los Alamos Area Since 1880 / Edition 1

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Overview


New Mexico’s Pajarito Plateau encompasses the Bandelier National Monument and the atomic city of Los Alamos. On Rims and Ridges throws into stark relief what happens when native cultures and Euro-American commercial interests interact in such a remote area with limited resources. The demands of citizens and institutions have created a form of environmental gridlock more often associated with Manhattan Island than with the semiurban West, writes Hal K. Rothman.
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Editorial Reviews

Environmental History Review

“A fine environmental history . . . Known more for its role in the development of the atomic bomb than for its natural resources, the Los Alamos area characterizes the struggle between institutions and environmental values common throughout the American West. . . . Rothman interweaves human and natural history in a well-written narrative, personally and lovingly told.”—Environmental History Review
Western Historical Quarterly

“A thoroughly researched, well-written case study of a beautiful, yet fragile region.” —Western Historical Quarterly
New Mexico Historical Review

“A history book written so beautifully that it is a delight to read.”—New Mexico Historical Review
Environmental History Review

“A fine environmental history . . . Known more for its role in the development of the atomic bomb than for its natural resources, the Los Alamos area characterizes the struggle between institutions and environmental values common throughout the American West. . . . Rothman interweaves human and natural history in a well-written narrative, personally and lovingly told.”—Environmental History Review

Western Historical Quarterly

“A thoroughly researched, well-written case study of a beautiful, yet fragile region.” —Western Historical Quarterly

New Mexico Historical Review

“A history book written so beautifully that it is a delight to read.”—New Mexico Historical Review

Library Journal
This historical account of changes in land use on the Pajarito Plateau of northern New Mexico offers a wealth of insights into the development of Western communities. Early life on the plateau mirrored the popular image of the frontier's vast, open space and untapped resources. As white settlers and their technology colonized the area, land disputes ensued among businesses, the archaeological community, and the federal government. The government eventually won the fight to dominate the plateau, which resulted in Native Americans and nonwhites becoming its ``forced dependents.'' Other Western communities followed parallel, though not identical, patterns of development, producing similarly devastating consequences for resident minorities. As Rothman (history, Wichita State Univ.) asserts, ``the Pajarito Plateau serves as a microcosm of the social, cultural and economic experience of the American West in the twentieth century.'' Highly recommended for academic library collections.-- B.A. Kremer, Johns Hopkins Univ. Libs., Baltimore
American Historical Review
"This is a useful study because it examines a wide variety of issues, from economic change to the role of the federal government and to environmental topics, that are important in the history of the American West."—American Historical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803289666
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 398
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

A professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the author of Preserving Different Pasts: The American National Monuments, Hal K. Rothman has provided a new epilogue for this paperback edition.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Before the Anglo 5
2 Industrial Values and Marginal Land 20
3 The Coming of the Archaeologists 39
4 A National Park for Archaeological Study 56
5 Competing Interests in Limited Space 84
6 Broad Horizons for a New State 106
7 Interlocking Empires 125
8 Bureaus in Lockstep 151
9 Transformed by the Government 176
10 Barbed Wire and Watchtowers 207
11 A Typical American Community 233
12 Emerging from the Cocoon 258
13 Gridlock! 287
Epilogue 315
Notes 317
Bibliographic Essay 359
Index 365
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