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Main Title The legacy of conquest : the unbroken past of the American West /
Author Limerick, Patricia Nelson,
Publisher Norton,
Year Published 1988
OCLC Number 18278721
ISBN 0393304973; 9780393304978
Subjects West (US)--History ; West (US)--Historiography ; West (US)--Economic conditions ; Economic history ; United States, West ; ESTADOS UNIDOS (HISTâORIA ; CONDICäOES ECONãOMICAS) ; USA--Weststaaten
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EOAM  F591.L56 1988 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 06/02/2000
Collation 396 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Norton paperback"--Title page verso. Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-384) and index.
Contents Notes
Empire of innocence -- Property values -- Denial and dependence -- Uncertain enterprises -- The meeting ground of past and present -- The persistence of natives -- America the borderland -- Racialism ion the run -- Mankind the manager -- The burdens of western American history. The "settling" of the American West has been powerfully perceived throughout the world as a series of quaint, violent, and romantic adventuresmost withhappy endings and a process that came to an end with the "closing" of thefrontier in the 1890s. But in fact, Patricia Nelson Limerick argues, the AmericanWest has a history grounded in primary economic realityin hardheaded questionsof profit, loss, competition, and consolidation. In The Legacy of Conquest, she interprets the stories and the characters in a new way: the trappers, traders, Indians, farmers, oilmen, cowboys, and sheriffs of the Old West "meant business"in more ways than one, and their descendents mean business today.