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Sunset Limited: The Southern Pacific Railroad and the Development of the American West, 1850-1930

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Februar 2007

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

Explores the railroad's development and influence - especially as it affected land settlement, agriculture, water policy, and the environment - and offers a fresh perspective on the tremendous, often surprising, role the company played in shaping the American West.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments PART
I: FOUNDATIONS
1. These Mountains Look Too Ugly and I See Too Much Work Ahead": Building the Southern Pacific Company, 1850 1930
2. Men of Vision: Southern Pacific Leaders, Land, Agriculture, and the Development of California and the West PART
II: LAND SETTLEMENT
3. Stand on the Rights of the Company and Make a Square Fight of It": Land-Grant Myths, Conflicts with Government, and Squatterism
4. The Mussel Slough Affair
5. A Land of Well-tilled Little Farms": Land-Grant Development
6. Promoting the Far West PART
III: WATER
7. The Satisfactory Supply Is Yet Undiscovered": The Southern Pacific as a Pioneer Water Developer
8. Private Irrigation
9. This Splendid Country Is to Be Reclaimed": Public Irrigation
10. The Government Is Hard to Deal With": Federal Reclamation PART
IV: AGRICULTURE
11. Promoting Scientific Agriculture
12. The Damndest Railroading You Ever Heard Of": Marketing the Produce of Western Farms PART
V: CONSERVATION
13. Shall This Destruction Proceed?": Wilderness Preservation
14. Conserving Forest and Rangeland Resources Epilogue A Note on Manuscript Sources Notes Abbreviations for Collections and Repositories Index

Portrait

Richard Orsi is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, Hayward, coauthor of The Elusive Eden: A New History of California (third edition, 2002), and editor of the California History Sesquicentennial Series.

Pressestimmen

"Sunset Limited will undoubtedly assume a prominent and enduring place among the essential histories of ... the American West."--American Studies Journal
EAN: 9780520251649
ISBN: 0520251644
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: UNIV OF CALIFORNIA PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2007
Seitenanzahl: 615 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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