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By William Deverell

ISBN-10: 0631213570

ISBN-13: 9780631213574

A significant other to the yankee West is a rigorous, illuminating creation to the heritage of the yankee West. Twenty-five essays by means of professional students synthesize the easiest and such a lot provocative paintings within the box and supply a accomplished evaluate of issues and historiography. Covers the tradition, politics, and surroundings of the yankee West via classes of migration, cost, and modernization Discusses local americans and their conflicts and integration with American settlers

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Mountain thinking west 33 men were amplified expressions of Jacksonian America, he wrote. The fur trade suddenly seemed less a romantic idyll of escape than an agent of economic/cultural expansion. Michael Allen has since made a similar point in a study of riverboatmen (1991). Another group typically portrayed as irredeemably outside national life – the buffalo hunters during the great slaughter of the 1870s – beg to be reconsidered in a similar way. The stark contrast between mountain men’s popular image and their historical reality in turn pushes us into a new line of inquiry.

Powell is usually remembered as the intrepid one-armed commander of the first white expedition to ride the wild Colorado River through the Grand Canyon as well as the most vocal proponent for fundamentally revising eastern notions of the survey and proper use of the arid West. Worster plots in detail Powell’s reevaluation of federal policy and shows why Powell has come to be seen as something of a prophet by contemporary environmentalists. This extraordinary figure was as well an anthropological pioneer with deep respect for Native peoples.

There were shufflings of power and sweeping migrations; the fortunes of some peoples rose and others fell. Some tribes that whites assumed had existed from time immemorial in fact had formed only recently when related bands coalesced in response to dangers and opportunities brought by Europeans. 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.

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