Into the West

Into the West

The Story of Its People

Book - 1999
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This is a full-scale history of the people of the American West, from the ancestral Paleo-Indians, to the Spanish conquistadores and settlers, to the gold rushers, to the myriads who came from every direction in the twentieth century, right up to the late 1990s. Everyone is here -- whites from all over Europe and the United States, Latinos, Asians, African-Americans, and Native Americans. Some went west to homestead; others to find gold or, later, oil or the wealth of Silicon Valley; others followed California dreams, some out of Old West mythology; still others simply came to make better lives. This is a story of those millions who came -- on foot, on horseback, in wagons, by train, by car, by plane -- into the West. Walter Nugent offers a new and fascinating perspective on all the groups who settled and transformed the region. He explains how California became not only the most urban state in the West but also the most populous and most ethnically mixed state in the country. He explores such questions as why African-Americans in the early 1900s regarded Oakland and Denver as more tolerant than San Francisco or Los Angeles; what happened to the second generation of Mormons after the large western migration of the 1840s; who the real "Dust Bowl migrants" of the 1930s were; and how the New Deal, as well as federal laws on homesteading, irrigation, defense, and immigration, changed the face of the West. Here as well are the tribulations of the many involuntary migrants to, within, or out of the West: Native Americans moved in the 1830s and again in the 1870s and 1880s; Mexicans "repatriated" between 1929 and 1933; Japanese-Americans interned during World War II; and Vietnamese forced to move after 1973. Finally, Nugent examines the West of today: why the coastal and Sunbelt West and the interior West are experiencing such a radical cultural divergence. And he tells us what he projects, on the basis of recent trends, is likely to happen to the people of the West in the next half century. For several hundred years, the West has been a microcosm of the American ideal of e pluribus unum--making many into one. Will it continue to follow this course? With 32 pages of photographs and 17 maps
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679454793
Branch Call Number: 978/NUG 4565nf 1
Alternative Title: Where the West is and why people have gone there
The mysterious West
The five motivators of migration into the West
Where did the buffalo roam, anyway?
Plains to the Pacific or just Dodge City to the Sierras?
The agrarian dream vs. the Old/Golden West
Arrowheads, large animals, and cliff dwellings
Cortés, Oñate, and New Spain
Spanish California and its missions
The also-ran Empires : France, Russia, and Britain
America's Empire for liberty
The United States captures its West, 1848-1889
The gold rush flood
The gold rush as melting pot
The settlement frontier : Kansas, Nebraska, and Dakota Territory
Abilenes and tombstones : cattle drives and cattle towns
The New Northwest
Creating the Mormon culture area
California Latifundia
The future and it worked : creating Pasadena and Los Angeles
Defying the Depression, 1889-1901
Depression, frontier persistence, and the New West
Indian Territory becomes Oklahoma
The nadir period for Indian population
The farm depression : irrigation as salvation
Riding the railroads, and the rails
Whistle-stops : The Great Plains
The Great Basin
The Pacific West
State making and the offshore West
The golden twilight of the settlement frontier, 1901-1913
Homesteading's true heyday
Wheat country, from Texas North
Dakota the multicultural
Down the front range
Homesteading amid the mountains
Mining as an industry, miners as communities
The ethnic West
Issei and Nisei
The West in 1913
Tourists, Honyockers, Mexicans, and more, 1914-1929
World War I and the 1920s
The tourist vanguard : the West becomes Terra Cognita
Honyockers's hell
Defeat and retreat : case studies
The oil patches
The entrada of the Mexicans
The Mexicans' destinatons
The pot thickens : Europeans, Blacks, and Asians
Los Angeles and the metropolitan West
Dust Bowl and Depression, 1929-1941
A pause between two Americas
The urban West in the Depression
The demographic baseline
The Mexican repatriations
Asians, Europeans, and the nativist laws
Out of the Dust Bowl, off the farms
Did the New Deal affect Western population?
The war, the Baby Boom, and slouching toward Watts, 1941-1965
The war stimulus
"Relocating" the Japanses-Americans
The Great Exodus heads West
The Baby Boom
Freeways and California dreams, 1945-1960
The minority mosaic in Southern California
The postwar West : a brief tour
Anglos and Braceros on the Plains
The collapse of the Baby Boom
The immigrants' return : The Act of 1965
Alternatives and countercultures
The 1973 oil crisis, slow growth, and environmental demography
Metropolises and leading edges
Purple mountains and fruited Plains : the interior West
Trends probable and trends problematic
Immigration "reform and control," 1986
The fall and rise of California
Last tour of the century


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