The American West: A New Interpretive History

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 2000 - History - 616 pages
Two eminent historians, Robert V. Hine and John Mack Faragher, present the American West as both frontier and region, real and imagined, old and new, and they show how men and women of all ethnic groups were affected when different cultures met and clashed. Their concise and engaging survey of frontier history traces the story from the first Columbian contacts between Indians and Europeans to the multicultural encounters of the modern Southwest.

The book attunes us to the voices of the frontier's many diverse peoples: Indians, struggling to defend their homelands and searching for a way to live with colonialism; the men and women who became immigrants and colonists from all over the world; African Americans, both slave and free; and borderland migrants from Mexico, Canada, and Asian lands. Profusely illustrated with contemporary drawings, posters, and photographs and written in lively and accessible prose, the book not only presents a panoramic view of historical events and characters but also provides fascinating details about such topics as western landscapes, environmental movements, literature, visual arts, and film.

Following in the tradition of Hine's earlier acclaimed work, The American West: An Interpretive History, this volume will be an essential resource for scholars, students, and general readers.

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Hine (history, Univ. of California, Riverside) and Faragher (history, Yale) have come out with a new edition of Hine's very well received The American West: An Interpretative History (1973). The text ... Read full review

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"An Interpretive History, this volume will be an essential resource for scholars, students, and general readers."
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A New World Begins
Contest of Cultures
The Struggle of Empires
The Land and Its Markers
The Fur Trade
From Texas to Oregon
War and Destiny
Mining Frontiers
The Safety Valve
A Search for Community
The Urban Frontier
Plunder and Preservation
Myth of the West
The Frontier and West in Our Time

The Power of the Road
Open Range

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Robert V. Hine is professor emeritus of history at the University of California, Riverside and Irvine. John Mack Faragher, Arthur Unobskey Professor of American History at Yale University, is author of Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie and Women and Men on the Overland Trail.

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