Those who appreciate the impact of history will be impressed with the selection of articles." —Nebraska History
Designed for survey courses—yet in-depth enough to support intensive discussion—these seventeen classic essays traverse the history of the American West, from women's property rights in Spanish-Mexican California to the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864, from homesteading and mining to the Great Depression and World War II. Provocative and illuminating.
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments and Permissions
General Introduction by Martin Ridge
Part I: Defining the West
Are We Talking about a Place? What Is It? Where Is It?
1. Walter Nugent, "Where is the American West?"
2. Martin Ridge, "The American West: From Frontier to Region"
3. Walter Nugent, "Frontiers and Empires in the Late Nineteenth Century"
Part II: The Eighteenth Century
California Women, 1769-1848
4. Gloria Ricci Lothrop, "Rancheras and the Land: Women and Property Rights in Hispanic California"
Part III: The Nineteenth Century
Exploration, the Fur Trade, and National Identity, 1807-1845
5. William H. Goetzmann, "Mountain Man as Jacksonian Man"
Indians, Animals, and the Great Plains, 1800-1850
6. Dan Flores, "Bison Ecology and Bison Diplomacy: The Southern Plains from 1800 to 1850"
The Mexican-American War, 1846-1848
7. Gene M. Brack, "Mexican Opinion, American Racism, and the War of 1846"
The Latter-day Saints, 1830-1890
8. Martin Ridge, Mormon"'Deliverance' and the Closing of the Frontier"
Indians, the Army, and Settlers, 1864
9. Janet LeCompte, "Sand Creek"
Cowboys as Wage Workers, 1880s
10. David E. Lopez, "Cowboy Strikes and Unions"
11. Paula M. Nelson, "‘Everything I Want is Here!’: The Dakota Farmer’s Rural Ideal, 1884-1934"
Part IV: The Twentieth Century
Mexican, "Anglo", and European Miners and Capital, 1900-1915
12. Phil Mellinger,"‘The Men Have Become Organizers’: Labor Conflict and Unionization in the Mexican Mining Communities of Arizona, 1900-1915"
The Great Depression in the Northwest, 1929-1941
13. Leonard J. Arrington,""Idaho and the Great Depression"
World War II and the Metropolis, 1941-1945
14. Arthur C. Verge, "The Impact of the Second World War on Los Angeles"
Japanese-American Women and the Internment of 1942-1945
15. Valerie Matsumoto, "Japanese-American Women during World War