Resort City In The Sunbelt, Second Edition: Las Vegas, 1930-2000

Resort City In The Sunbelt, Second Edition: Las Vegas, 1930-2000

by Eugene P. Moehring

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Resort City In The Sunbelt, Second Edition: Las Vegas, 1930-2000 by Eugene P. Moehring

            Resort City in the Sunbelt is a non-sensationalistic, scholarly account of Las Vegas from the building of the Hoover Dam to the construction of the MGM Grand Hotel. Historian Eugene Moehring provides a balanced view of the city’s urban development. Although a unique city in many ways, Las Vegas has displayed characteristics common to other sunbelt cities across the western United States—including underfunded social services, low-density urbanization with a heavy reliance upon automobiles, a sluggish response to problems within minority communities, a preference for efficient, business-like government, and a mania for low taxes. The gaming and resort aspects are fully considered, but Moehring emphasizes the city as part of the continually expanding sunbelt.             From this important study, historians will conclude that, despite some of its unusual traits, Las Vegas is much like other western cities and therefore deserves recognition as one of the fastest-growing centers in postwar America. In a new and expanded epilogue to this edition, Moehring looks at the major events of the three decades leading up to 2000 and their underpinnings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874176933
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Publication date: 10/01/2016
Series: Shepperson Series in History Humanities
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Eugene Moehring is a professor of history and chair of the history department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received his Ph.D. in 1976 from the City University of New York and his B.A. (1968) and M.A. (1970) in history from Queens College. A specialist in urban history, he also taught courses in business history, the U.S. since 1920, Nevada history, and the history of science.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Before the Dam1
Chapter 1.The Federal Trigger13
Chapter 2.A City Takes Shape41
Chapter 3."Boomtown in the Desert"73
Chapter 4.Achieving Metropolitan Status107
Chapter 5.Fragmented Government140
Chapter 6.Civil Rights in a Resort City173
Chapter 7.The Struggle for Industry203
Chapter 8.The City-Building Process233
Epilogue: Las Vegas, 1970-2000261

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