Uncovering Nevada's Past: A Primary Source History of the Silver State (Nevada History Series)

Uncovering Nevada's Past: A Primary Source History of the Silver State (Nevada History Series)

by John B. Reid, Ronald M. James
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0874175674

ISBN-13: 9780874175677

Pub. Date: 04/01/2004

Publisher: University of Nevada Press

Nevada's relatively brief history has been nonetheless remarkably eventful. From the activities of the first Euro-American explorers to the booms and busts of the mining industry, from the struggles and artistry of the Native Americans to the establishment of liberal divorce laws and such unique industries as legalized gambling and prostitution, from Cold War atomic

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Nevada's relatively brief history has been nonetheless remarkably eventful. From the activities of the first Euro-American explorers to the booms and busts of the mining industry, from the struggles and artistry of the Native Americans to the establishment of liberal divorce laws and such unique industries as legalized gambling and prostitution, from Cold War atomic tests to the civil rights movement, and from the arrival of a diverse and rapidly growing urban population to the Sagebrush Rebellion, Nevada has played a part in the nation's development while following its own ruggedly independent path.

In Uncovering Nevada's Past, historians John B. Reid and Ronald M. James have collected more than fifty major documents and visual images -- some never before published -- that define Nevada's colorful and complex development. Here are the words of such literary luminaries as Mark Twain, Sarah Winnemucca, and Arthur Miller; anonymous newspaper articles; public documents including Abraham Lincoln's proclamation of Nevada statehood and the probate records of murdered Virginia City prostitute Julia Bulette; personal letters; political speeches; and personal accounts of, among other subjects, the construction of Hoover Dam, life in a mining boomtown, racial segregation in Las Vegas, political careers, and atomic testing. Images include photographs of significant Nevada architecture, the masterpieces of renowned Paiute basketmaker Dat-so-la-lee, tree carvings by Basque sheepherders, and tourism promotions. The collection ranges from the earliest descriptions of the region to the current debate on Yucca Mountain. The volume editors have provided an introduction and headnotes that set the documents into their historical and social context. Uncovering Nevada's Past is a vital, enlightening record of Nevada's history -- in the words of the people who lived and made it -- that makes for lively and engaging reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874175677
Publisher:
University of Nevada Press
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Series:
Wilber S. Shepperson Series in Nevada History
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,204,080
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introductionxv
Part 1Beginnings
1The Physical Environment3
A Computer-Enhanced Map of Nevada Geography3
Mark Twain on Nevada's "Harsh Land"3
2Contacts and Conflicts7
The Adventures of Zenas Leonard, Fur Trader7
The Pyramid Lake War from Two Perspectives: Numaga and Edmund Bryant13
The Native American Condition: Various Writings by Sarah Winnemucca16
Part 2Bonanzas and Borrascas
3First Settlements, Territory, and Early Statehood21
Captain Nathaniel V. Jones's Report from the Las Vegas Mormon Fort-Mission21
The Gold Hill Record Book26
Congressman James M. Ashley's (R-Ohio) Reasons for Nevada Statehood, 186528
William M. Ormsby's Letter to Stephen Douglas29
President Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation of Nevada Statehood, 186430
The Nevada Constitution's Paramount Allegiance Clause31
4The Comstock33
Mark Twain and Gold Fever34
The Old Corner Bar's Water Filter39
Nevada Architecture in the Nineteenth Century41
The Virginia Evening Chronicle Reports on Opium on the Comstock43
Dan De Quille on Woodcutting in the Sierra Nevada47
Fortune-Telling on the Comstock52
Julia Bulette's Probate Records55
Mark Twain's Description of the Execution of John Millian, 186859
James Nye's Speech to the First Territorial Legislature62
Frances Fuller Victor's "Nevada"66
5Nineteenth-Century Social History69
Letters to Wovoka69
The Reno Evening Gazette Reports on Coxey's Army in Nevada73
Two Voices for Civil Rights in the Nineteenth Century78
Part 3Rolling the Dice
6Turn-of-the-Century Mining Booms87
Mrs. Hugh Brown on Tonopah Housekeeping87
Theodore Roosevelt's Admonition of Governor John T. Sparks90
The Sacramento Bee on George Wingfield94
7Twentieth-Century Social History100
The Baskets of Dat-so-la-lee100
Carvings and Structures of Nevada's Basque Sheepherders101
C.L.R. James's Letters from Nevada104
Warden Dickerson's Account of the Execution of Gee Jon, 1924107
Billy Murray's "I'm On My Way to Reno"109
Prohibition Legislation in Nevada111
Postcards Promoting Automobile Tourism in Nevada115
8Depression and New Deal119
Nevada's New Deal Buildings119
Paul Hutchinson on Nevada Gambling in The Christian Century121
Postcards Promoting Gambling in Nevada128
Images of Nevada Prostitution131
Images from the Johnson-Jeffries Fight133
Postcards Advertising Nevada Divorce135
Postcards Promoting Marriage in Nevada136
Erma O. Godbey on the Construction of Hoover Dam139
9Modern Nevada142
H. M. Peterson's Letter about Japanese Railroad Workers during World War II142
Hank Greenspun Challenges Senator Joe McCarthy143
Testimony from the Kefauver Hearings in Las Vegas147
The Atomic Energy Commission Explains Atomic Testing in Nevada160
Thomas H. Saffer Witnesses an Atomic Test at the Nevada Test Site164
Arthur Miller on Nevada and The Misfits168
Grant Sawyer on Getting Tough on Gaming Control177
James B. McMillan on the Civil Rights Movement in Las Vegas182
Sammy Davis Jr. on the Segregation of African American Entertainers in Las Vegas189
Lena Horne on Entertaining in Las Vegas199
"The Seed" Poster: Rock, Art, and the History of Nevada201
Paul Laxalt's Reflections on His Relationship with Ronald Reagan202
The Jarbidge Debates--Elko County v. the Forest Service207
The Yucca Mountain Debate--Spencer Abraham v. Kenny Guinn215
Sources221
Contributors225

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