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The American West : a very short introduction, Stephen Aron

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The American West : a very short introduction
Title
The American West
Title remainder
a very short introduction
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Stephen Aron
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Part geographical location, part time period, and part state of mind, the American West is a concept often invoked but rarely defined. Though popular culture has carved out a short and specific time and place for the region, author and longtime Californian Stephen Aron tracks "the West" from the building of the Cahokia Mounds around 900 AD to the post-World War II migration to California. His Very Short Introduction stretches the chronology, enlarges the geography, and varies the casting, providing a history of the American West that is longer, larger, and more complicated than popular culture has previously suggested. It is a history of how portions of North America became Wests, how parts of these became American, and how ultimately American Wests became the American West. Aron begins by describing the expansion of Indian North America in the centuries before and during its early encounters with Europeans. He then explores the origins of American westward expansion from the Seven Years' War to the 1830s, focusing on the western frontier at the time: the territory between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River. He traces the narrative - temporally and geographically - through the discovery of gold in California in the mid-nineteenth century and the subsequent rush to the Pacific Slope. He shows how the passage of the Newlands Reclamation Act in 1902 brought an unprecedented level of federal control to the region, linking the West more closely to the rest of the United States, and how World War II brought a new rush of population (particularly to California), further raising the federal government's profile in the region and heightening the connections between the West and the wider world. Authoritative, lucid, and ranging widely over issues of environment, people, and identity, this is the American West stripped of its myths. The complex convergence of peoples, polities, and cultures that has decisively shaped the history of the American West serves as the key interpretive thread through this Very Short Introduction. --Provided by publisher
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Aron, Stephen
Dewey number
978
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F591
LC item number
.A75 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Very short introductions ;
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • West (U.S.)
  • United States, West
Label
The American West : a very short introduction, Stephen Aron
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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: American Wests -- The view from Cahokia -- Empires and enclaves -- Making the first American West -- Taking the farther West -- The whitening of the West -- The watering of the West -- The worldly West -- The view from Hollywood
Control code
878299466
Dimensions
18 cm
Extent
144 pages
Isbn
9780199858934
Lccn
2014028730
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)878299466
Label
The American West : a very short introduction, Stephen Aron
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: American Wests -- The view from Cahokia -- Empires and enclaves -- Making the first American West -- Taking the farther West -- The whitening of the West -- The watering of the West -- The worldly West -- The view from Hollywood
Control code
878299466
Dimensions
18 cm
Extent
144 pages
Isbn
9780199858934
Lccn
2014028730
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)878299466

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