The Shaping of America: A Geographical Perspective on 500 Years of History: Volume 3: Transcontinental America, 1850–1915

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 1986 - History - 458 pages
This is the third of four volumes in a series acclaimed by both historians and geographers for its breathtaking scope and originality. D. W. Meinig continues his riveting account of America's interwoven history and geography, describing the expanding country's development from the mid-nineteenth century to 1915. To accompany his interpretation of America's geographic evolution, Meinig offers forty superb new maps and forty-five other illustrations. Each original map enhances our historical understanding of the patterns, features, and themes of American history.

The book begins with the struggle over where to build the Pacific railway and fix the nation's first transcontinental axis. Meinig portrays in detail the settlement of the diverse regions of the American West and how these many "Wests" were incorporated into the growing nation. He then examines the South as an imperial province and the dominance of the American Core over an increasingly consolidated nation. In conclusion, the author considers America's imperial pressures upon Canada and Mexico, the country's overt expansions in the Caribbean and the Pacific, and the Panama Canal as a transcontinental completion.
 

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Contents

List of Illustrations
ix
Preface
xiii
Acknowledgments
xv
Prologue
3
Forging the Iron Bond
4
Prologue
31
California
36
Southern California
55
American Wests American Domain
176
Prologue
187
New Economic Regions
227
The Contest for Territory
245
Populations and Peoples
265
Systems and Symbols
293
Prologue
327
Mexico and an American Mediterranean
347

Oregon and the Pacific Northwest
69
Zion Deseret and Utah
89
New Mexico Hispano Indian Anglo
113
The Colorado Complex
133
The Rest of the West
145
Indians and Empire
167
Hawaii and an American Pacific
364
Panama and Transcontinental Completion
380
Sources of Quotations
395
Bibliography
413
Index
443
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About the author (1986)

D. W. Meinig is Maxwell Research Professor of Geography at Syracuse University and the author of Volumes 1 and 2 of The Shaping of America.


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