In this richly insightful survey that represents the culmination of decades of research, a leading western specialist argues that the unique history of the American West did not end in the year 1900, as is commonly assumed, but was shaped as much-if not more-by events and innovations in the twentieth century. Earl Pomeroy gathers copious information on economic, political, social, intellectual, and business issues, thoughtfully evaluates it, and draws a new and more nuanced portrait of the West than has ever been depicted before.
Pomeroy mines extensive published and unpublished sources to show how the post-1900 West charted a path that was influenced by, but separate from, the rest of the country and the world. He deals not only with the West's transition from an agricultural to an urban region but also with the important contributions of minority racial and ethnic groups and women in that transformation. Pomeroy describes a modern West-increasingly urban, transnational, and multicultural-that has overcome much of the isolation that challenged it at an earlier time. His final book is nothing short of the definitive source on that West.
Publisher: Yale University Press
Number of pages: 600
Weight: 771 g
Dimensions: 229 x 146 x 38 mm
"No historian in the past half century has written about the American West with greater insight or originality than Earl Pomeroy. We are lucky indeed that he has left us this posthumous volume as a final monument to the depth and range of his extraordinary scholarship."-William Cronon, author of Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West
"Pomeroy. . . draws a new and more nuanced portrait of the West than has been depicted before. He uses extensive sources to show how the post-1900 West charted a path that was influenced by, but separate from, the rest of the country and the world."-Deseret News