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By William Deverell

ISBN-10: 0631213570

ISBN-13: 9780631213574

A significant other to the yankee West is a rigorous, illuminating advent to the historical past of the yankee West. Twenty-five essays by means of specialist students synthesize the easiest and so much provocative paintings within the box and supply a complete evaluate of subject matters and historiography. Covers the tradition, politics, and surroundings of the yank West via classes of migration, cost, and modernization Discusses local american citizens and their conflicts and integration with American settlers

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Military and hunting societies took on new roles to meet changing circumstances. In some groups polygyny, the taking of more than one wife by a husband, was encouraged by the heightened hunting power of men on horseback (and consequently the greater work load in processing their kills), the attrition of warriors from intensified warfare, and the flaunting of higher status in more affluent times. The social, political, and spiritual position of women shifted when sedentary horticultural peoples acquired horses and adopted a seminomadic life on the plains.

Anderson, Fred: Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754–1766 (New York: Knopf, 2000). ” Pacific Historical Review, 63 (May 1994), 125–147. Aron, Stephen: How the West Was Lost: The Transformation of Kentucky from Daniel Boone to Henry Clay (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996). Aron, Stephen: American Confluence: The Missouri Frontier from Borderlands to Border State (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, forthcoming). Axtell, James: The Invasion Within: The Contest of Cultures in Colonial North America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1985).

Historians have paid less attention to the dynamic set in motion as railroads unleashed social, cultural and political transformations in the country they entered. John Stilgoe’s Metropolitan Corridor (1983) made the point for the nation as a whole, and Robert Athearn’s Union Pacific Country (1971) suggested how it might be applied to the West. In Railroad Crossing, William Deverell (1994) narrows the geographic focus, using opposition to railroads in California to explore the part played by these vast enterprises in both the state’s life and economy and its people’s anxiety about where they fit in a new industrial order.

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