Promised Lands: Promotion, Memory, and the Creation of the American West / Edition 1

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In the era Wrobel examines, promoters painted the future of each western place as if it were already present, while the old-timers preserved the past as if it were still present. But, as he also demonstrates, that West has not really changed much: promoters still tout its promise, while old-timers still try to preserve their selective memories. Even relatively recent western residents still tap into the region's mythic pioneer heritage as they form their attachments to place. Promised Lands shows us that the West may well move into the twenty-first century, but our images of it are forever rooted in the nineteenth.
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Editorial Reviews

Richard W. Etulain
A pathbreaking work that enlarges Wrobel's strong reputation as a superb cultural historian of the American West.
Walter Nugent
Original and significant. While it can be considered part of the myth-busting genre, and thus owes an intellectual debt to Limerick's Legacy of Conquest, among other books, Wrobel's stands by itself and should appeal to anyone interested in Western history and literature, as well as to a broader audience beyond that.
William Deverell
A superb book and terrific reminder that the American West is at once region and many regions, and that it is made up of places imagined, real, remembered, and misremembered—all of them historically important
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700612048
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Imagining and Remembering 1
Pt. 1 Promises
1 Promotional Contours and Claims 19
2 The Second Boosterist Phase 51
Photo Essay, Imagined Wests 75
Pt. 2 Memories
3 Remembered Journeys 95
4 Organizing Memories 121
Photo Essay, Remembered Wests 146
Pt. 3 Legacies
5 Promotion, Reminiscence, and Race 157
6 The Ghosts of Western Future and Past 181
Notes 201
Selected Bibliography 271
Index 311
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