Global West, American Frontier: Travel, Empire, and Exceptionalism from Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression

Global West, American Frontier: Travel, Empire, and Exceptionalism from Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression

by David M. Wrobel


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826330819
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Series: Calvin P. Horn Lectures in Western History and Culture Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David M. Wrobel holds the Merrick Chair in Western History at the University of Oklahoma. He is also the author of The End of American Exceptionalism: Frontier Anxiety from the Old West to the New Deal and Promised Lands: Promotion, Memory, and the Creation of the American West.

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Roads Traveled 1

Beyond the Mythic West 1

Roads Traveled and Not Traveled 8

Part 1 The Global West of the Nineteenth Century

Chapter 1 Exceptionalism and Globalism: Revisiting the Traveler 21

Exceptionalism and Empire 21

Resituating the Traveler 29

In Europe and Around the World 32

Chapter 2 The World in the West, the West in the World: Travels in the Age of Empire 48

From the African Continent to the Mormon Kingdom 48

From the Western Rockies to the Near and Far East 61

Across the Plains, Around the World, and Back to Africa 66

Part 2 The American Frontier of the Twentieth Century

Chapter 3 "No, Adventure Is Not Dead": Frontier Journeys in the last Great Age of Exploration 85

Global Frontiers 85

From Hawaii to Africa 86

On the River of Doubt 103

Coda: In Asia 112

Chapter 4 The End of the West? Automotive Frontiers of the Early Twentieth Century 114

The Pioneering Strain 114

The Great Race and the Acids of Materialism 117

The Acids of Modernity 122

Of Tourists and Travel Writers 129

Chapter 5 Rediscovering the West: Regional Guides in the Depression Years 136

The Promise of the West 136

Portrait of a Nation and a Region 142

Tour 1 California Coast to the Lone Star State 144

Tour 2 Southern Plains to the Northern Border 151

Tour 3 Rocky Mountains and Great Basin 160

Tour 4 Pacific Northwest to the Last Frontier 170

Coda: Returning to Native Grounds 178

Conclusion: Enduring Roads 181

Premature Endings: The Presumed Death of the Travel Book 181

Enduring Western Roads 187

Legacies of the Global West and the American Frontier 194

Notes 197

Selected Bibliography 259

Index 297

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