The American West in 2000: Essays in Honor of Gerald D. Nash by Richard W. Etulain

By Richard W. Etulain

The ten unique essays commissioned for this ebook concentrate on historic topics within the post-World struggle II American West. The overdue Gerald Nash, in whose honor the essays have been written, made significant contributions to the examine of recent American and western American background, and his impression on these fields is proven in those essays via a number of generations of his scholars and colleagues.

Emphasizing social and cultural advancements, the essays draw on methodologies and subject matters from comparative background, environmental heritage, city historical past, and political historical past. The authors write on topics starting from women's rights to city sprawl, from equipped faith to tourism, from mining to American Indian tradition. An autobiographical essay through Nash himself situates his life's paintings within the context of 2 formative stories: his highbrow improvement as a German refugee arriving in long island within the past due Nineteen Thirties and his dedication to the examine of the yank West whilst he started graduate school.

The participants comprise Margaret Connell-Szasz, Arthur R. Gómez, Donald J. Pisani, Marjorie Bell Chambers, Carol Lynn MacGregor, Christopher J. Huggard, Roger W. Lotchin, and Gene M. Gressley, in addition to Nash and the amount editors.

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