The Silver State, 3rd Edition: Nevada's Heritage Reinterpreted / Edition 3

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Nevada has changed dramatically over the past quarter century, and in this third edition of The Silver State, renowned historian James W. Hulse recounts the major events -- historical, political, and social -- that have shaped our state. Hulse's cohesive and readable approach offers students and general readers an accessible account of Nevada's colorful history. The new edition highlights the social and political changes that have occurred since the original publication of The Silver State in 1991. Hulse discusses the impact of a growing population; changes in the economy and educational system; the expanding roles of women; recent developments in state politics, including the 2003 legislative session; the influence of Nevada's growing ethnic population and increasingly divergent demographic groups; and the impact of federal policies, including President George W. Bush's 2002 decision to authorize the opening of a nuclear-waste depository at Yucca Mountain.

In addition, all the recommended reading lists have been updated. The Silver State explores many dimensions of the Nevada experience and its peoples -- from the prehistoric Anasazi Indians to the creators of extravagant casions on the Las Vegas Strip; from dust-stained Comstock miners to the state's contemporary and very cosmopolitan Sunbelt population. This book will inspire readers to take another look at the rich cultural heritage and eventful history of Nevada, the Silver State.

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Table of Contents

1 The space and the natural setting 1
2 Native Americans 18
3 The first explorers 33
4 Settlers on the move, 1841-1850 43
5 Three cultures in collision, 1850-1860 57
6 The early Comstock and statehood 74
7 Colorado steamboats, Eldorado Canyon, and the second wave of Mormons 91
8 The era of the boomtowns, 1865-1878 101
9 The railroads and their towns 114
10 The livestock oligarchy and the agricultural frontier 133
11 Crusaders for silver, Indians' and women's rights 149
12 The second mining boom 162
13 The second era of railroad building 180
14 New urban experiments : Reno and Las Vegas since 1940 203
15 Land and water : changing policies and uses 223
16 Nevada governments : federal, state, and local 242
17 Gambling and tourism 261
18 Community building in the Silver State 277
19 The struggle for equal rights 297
20 The twelve northern counties 313
21 The five southern counties 333
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