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Author Hurt, R. Douglas.

Title The Big Empty : the Great Plains in the twentieth century / R. Douglas Hurt.

Imprint Tucson : University of Arizona Press, 2011.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  978.033 H946B 2011    ---  Available
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Description xv, 315 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series The modern American West
Modern American West.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The age of optimism -- The ethnic and racial divide -- The age of uncertainty -- The anxious years -- The age of certainty -- The perils of agriculture -- The inevitability of change -- The politics of race and agriculture -- Epilogue.
Summary The Great Plains, known for grasslands that stretch to the horizon, is a difficult region to define. Some classify it as the region beginning in the east at the ninety-eighth or one-hundredth meridian. Others identify the eastern boundary with annual precipitation lines, soil composi-tion, or length of the grass. In The Big Empty, leading historian R. Douglas Hurt defines this region using the towns and cities-Denver, Lin-coln, and Fort Worth-that made a difference in the history of the environment, politics, and agriculture of the Great Plains. Using the voices of women homesteaders, agrarian socialists, Jewish farmers, Mexican meatpackers, New Dealers, and Native Americans, this book creates a sweeping survey of contested race relations, radical politics, and agricultural prosperity and decline during the twentieth century. This narrative shows that even though Great Plains history is fraught with personal and group tensions, violence, and distress, the twentieth century also brought about compelling social, economic, and political change. The only book of its kind, this account will be of interest to historians studying the region and to anyone inspired by the story of the men and women who found an opportunity for a better life in the Great Plains.
Subject Great Plains -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Great Plains -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Social change -- Great Plains -- History -- 20th century.
Ethnicity -- Great Plains -- History -- 20th century.
Cultural pluralism -- Great Plains -- History -- 20th century.
Agriculture -- Great Plains -- History -- 20th century.
Great Plains -- Economic conditions -- 20th century.
Great Plains -- Environmental conditions.
Agriculture. (OCoLC)fst00801355
Cultural pluralism. (OCoLC)fst01715991
Ecology. (OCoLC)fst00901476
Economic history. (OCoLC)fst00901974
Ethnicity. (OCoLC)fst00916034
Political science. (OCoLC)fst01069781
Social change. (OCoLC)fst01122310
Social history. (OCoLC)fst01122498
Great Plains. (OCoLC)fst01240567
Chronological Term 1900 - 1999
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Title Great Plains in the twentieth century
ISBN 9780816529728 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0816529728 (pbk. : alk. paper)
978081652978 (hdbd.)
9780816529704 (hard cover : alk. paper)
0816529701 (hard cover : alk. paper)
Standard No. 40019887029

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