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A Companion to the American West by William Deverell

By William Deverell

A spouse to the yank West is a rigorous, illuminating advent to the background of the yank West. Twenty-five essays by way of professional students synthesize the simplest and so much provocative paintings within the box and supply a entire evaluate of subject matters and historiography.

  • Covers the tradition, politics, and atmosphere of the yank West via sessions of migration, cost, and modernization
  • Discusses local american citizens and their conflicts and integration with American settlers

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James Ducker’s Men of the Steel Rails (1983) remains an intriguing study of how a major railroad, its unions, and its workers’ sense of craft shaped the structure, relations, and even the family life in communities along the tracks. Works like these should point the way toward more studies on the railroad’s impact from the national to the local level. A forthcoming study by Richard White promises an even wider perspective by considering the first transcontinental as an American instance of the railroad as a force of global change.

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This in turn means that to understand what is happening we must study the unique contours of life in each society, including how folks made their living. The harder we look, the less the usual topical boundaries make sense. The economic merges with social and cultural concerns. The result often has unexpected insights. Sturdy traditional images of western life sometimes are suddenly shaken. Among the more important, and most emblematic, enterprises of the nineteenth-century West was the fur trade.

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