The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, & the Rush to Colorado

Forside
University Press of Kansas, 1998 - 422 sider
Illuminating both the ancient and more recent history of the plains and eastern Rocky Mountains, West creates a tapestry interlaced with environmental, social, and military history. He treats the "frontier" not as a morally loaded term, either in the traditional celebratory sense or the more recent critical judgment, but as a powerfully unsettling process that shattered an old world. He shows how Indians, goldseekers, haulers, merchants, ranchers, and farmers all contributed to and in turn were consumed by this process, even as the plains themselves were utterly transformed by the clash of cultures and competing visions.
 

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A Scrap and a Panic
1
The Old World
17
Frontiers and Visions
33
The Called Out People
63
The Gold
97
The Gathering
115
The Rush
145
Path of Empire
173
On the Road to a Flourishing Mountain State
207
The People of the Centre
237
The Miseries of Failure
271
Stories in the Teeth of Life
317
Notes
339
Bibliography
383
Index
407
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