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Geographical inquiry and American historical problems, Carville Earle

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Geographical inquiry and American historical problems
Title
Geographical inquiry and American historical problems
Statement of responsibility
Carville Earle
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The twelve essays in this volume reexamine a handful of perennial problems in American history from a geographical point of view. From this perspective there emerges a series of reinterpretations of the central processes that defined the American experience, whether of colonization, of regional development and sectionalism, of slavery and freedom, of urbanization and industrialization, or of working-class history. The essays encompass the first three centuries of American history, beginning with the nightmarish world of disease and death that was early Virginia and ending with the melancholy demise of socialism early in this century
  • Geography's mission is to comprehend changes on the earth's surface, and toward that end, geographers ponder the interactive effects of nature and culture within specific locations and times. This entails connecting human actions (historical events) with their immediate environs (ecological inquiry) and specific coordinates of place and region (locational inquiry). Most of the essays in this volume employ the variant of ecological inquiry the author calls the staple approach, focusing on primary production (agriculture, forestry, fishing) and its societal ramifications. Locational inquiry queries the spatial distribution of historical events: Why was mortality in early Virginia highest in a small zone along the James River? Why did cities flourish in early Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Carolina and not elsewhere along the Atlantic seaboard? Why was Boston the vanguard of the American Revolution?
  • The book's first four essays, on the colonial period, reinterpret American colonization and regional development. The second four essays unravel the causes of sectional differences in the north and south during the early national and antebellum periods. The next three essays shift to the American urban scene, tracing the influence of agrarian society on the geography of labor and labor politics between the Civil War and World War I. The book then concludes with a long and ambitious overview of the periodic structure of the entire American past. This final essay offers at once a synthesis of the various historiographic case studies and a compelling interpretation of the rhythms of American macrohistory and their geographical component. The book is illustrated with 12 halftones
Cataloging source
DLC
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Earle, Carville
Dewey number
911/.73
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E179.5
LC item number
.E37 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Human geography
  • Agriculture
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Geographical inquiry and American historical problems, Carville Earle
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Practice of Geographical History -- 1. The Ecological Causes of the Virginia Mortality Crisis, 1607-1624 -- 2. Why the Puritans Settled in New England: The Problematic Nature of English Colonization in North America, 1580-1700 -- 3. Why Tobacco Stunted the Growth of Towns and Wheat Built Them into Small Cities: Urbanization South of the Mason-Dixon Line, 1650-1790 -- 4. Boston, Vanguard of the American Revolution -- 5. The Industrial Revolution as a Response to Cheap Labor and Agricultural Seasonality, 1790-1860: A Reexamination of the Habakkuk Thesis -- 6. To Enslave or Not to Enslave: Crop Seasonality, Labor Choice, and the Urgency of the Civil War -- 7. The Myth of the Southern Soil Miner: Macrohistory, Agricultural Innovation, and Environmental Change -- 8. A Tale of Two Cities: The Ecological Basis of the Threefold Population Differential in the Chicago and Mobile Urban Systems, Circa 1860
Control code
23869212
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 555 pages
Isbn
9780804715751
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91019750
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(WaOLN)1437420
Label
Geographical inquiry and American historical problems, Carville Earle
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Practice of Geographical History -- 1. The Ecological Causes of the Virginia Mortality Crisis, 1607-1624 -- 2. Why the Puritans Settled in New England: The Problematic Nature of English Colonization in North America, 1580-1700 -- 3. Why Tobacco Stunted the Growth of Towns and Wheat Built Them into Small Cities: Urbanization South of the Mason-Dixon Line, 1650-1790 -- 4. Boston, Vanguard of the American Revolution -- 5. The Industrial Revolution as a Response to Cheap Labor and Agricultural Seasonality, 1790-1860: A Reexamination of the Habakkuk Thesis -- 6. To Enslave or Not to Enslave: Crop Seasonality, Labor Choice, and the Urgency of the Civil War -- 7. The Myth of the Southern Soil Miner: Macrohistory, Agricultural Innovation, and Environmental Change -- 8. A Tale of Two Cities: The Ecological Basis of the Threefold Population Differential in the Chicago and Mobile Urban Systems, Circa 1860
Control code
23869212
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 555 pages
Isbn
9780804715751
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91019750
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(WaOLN)1437420

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