Something in the Soil: Legacies and Reckonings in the New West

Something in the Soil: Legacies and Reckonings in the New West

by Patricia Nelson Limerick
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393321029

ISBN-13: 9780393321029

Pub. Date: 03/28/2001

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"Patricia Limerick is simply one of the best writers alive."—Garry Wills
In Something in the Soil, Patricia Nelson Limerick travels far outside the usual academic circles to bring Western past and Western present into a spirited union. Whether her topic is the rapid growth in the West today, the patent awfulness of most academic writing, or struggles over

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"Patricia Limerick is simply one of the best writers alive."—Garry Wills
In Something in the Soil, Patricia Nelson Limerick travels far outside the usual academic circles to bring Western past and Western present into a spirited union. Whether her topic is the rapid growth in the West today, the patent awfulness of most academic writing, or struggles over the standing of the "Great White Men" of the region’s past, Limerick operates on the principle that history is an active presence in the West, layers of collective memory that are, quite literally, "something in the soil." Enlightening and always witty, this wide-ranging collection of essays and arguments from the New West’s landmark historian offers an artful journey into its dramatic past and contentious present.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393321029
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
386
Sales rank:
605,536
Product dimensions:
5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments9
Introduction Something in the Soil13
Part I Forgetting and Remembering29
I-A Haunted America33
I-B The Adventures of the Frontier in the Twentieth
Century74
I-C The Case of the Premature Departure: The
Trans-Mississippi West and American History Textbooks93
Part II Beleaguered Great White Men107
II-A Historical Lessons on Anza Day111
II-B John Sutter: Prototype for Failure126
II-C Turnerians All: The Dream of a Helpful History in
an Intelligible World141
Part III Environmental Impacts167
III-A Mission to the Environmentalists171
III-B Disorientation and Reorientation: The American
Landscape Discovered from the West186
III-C The Gold Rush and the Shaping of the American West214
Part IV The Historian as Dreamer: Preaching to (and by) the
Half-Converted229
IV-A Peace Initiative: Using the Mormons to Rethink
Culture and Ethnicity in American History235
IV-B Will the Real Californian Please Stand Up?256
IV-C The Shadows of Heaven Itself: TheDemanding Dreams
of the American West274
IV-D Believing in the American West302
Part V Epilogue319
V-A A How-to Guide for the Academic Going Public323
V-B Dancing with Professors: The Trouble with Academic
Prose333
V-C Limerick's Rules of Verbal Etiquette342
Notes345
Index375

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