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The American West: The Reader

ISBN13: 9780253335302
ISBN: 0253335302
Binding: Hardcover
List Price: $39.95
Publisher: Indiana University Press
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Pages: 440
Average Goodreads rating: 4.00/5

The American West and its history have generated exceptional media attention in the past few years. New scholarship and interpretations have enriched and enlivened almost every part of the field. This book collects seventeen of the most exciting and provocative essays that have appeared in historical journals - two date from the 1960s, and some as recently as the mid-1990s. Each essay is intended to illuminate a topic, and each is prefaced by a brief statement by the editors both summarising the essay and pointing out questions for side-ranging classroom discussion. Three opening essays by the editors define the West as frontier and region, and place American frontiers in comparative context. Then, follow essays that consider women's property rights in Spanish-Mexican California; the mountain men and national identity; Indians and bison on the Great Plains in the early nineteenth century; the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848; the Latter-day Saints from 1830-1890; the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 as a case of Indian-white conflict; cowboys as wage workers in the 1880s; homesteading and the homesteading ideal; miners and ethnic conflict in early twentieth-century Arizona; the Great D