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Author Pierce, Jason (Jason Eric)

Title Making the white man's West : whiteness and the creation of the American West / by Jason E. Pierce.

Publication Info. Boulder : University Press of Colorado, 2016.


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Description 1 online resource (xxv, 296 pages) : illustrations
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Summary "The West, especially the Intermountain states, ranks among the whitest places in America, but this fact obscures the more complicated history of racial diversity in the region. In Making the White Man's West, author Jason E. Pierce argues that since the time of the Louisiana Purchase, the American West has been a racially contested space. Using a nuanced theory of historical 'whiteness, ' he examines why and how Anglo-Americans dominated the region for a 120-year period. In the early nineteenth century, critics like Zebulon Pike and Washington Irving viewed the West as a 'dumping ground' for free blacks and Native Americans, a place where they could be segregated from the white communities east of the Mississippi River. But as immigrant populations and industrialization took hold in the East, white Americans began to view the West as a 'refuge for real whites.' The West had the most diverse population in the nation with substantial numbers of American Indians, Hispanics, and Asians, but Anglo-Americans could control these mostly disenfranchised peoples and enjoy the privileges of power while celebrating their presence as providing a unique regional character. From this came the belief in a White Man's West, a place ideally suited for 'real' Americans in the face of changing world. The first comprehensive study to examine the construction of white racial identity in the West, Making the White Man's West shows how these two visions of the West--as a racially diverse holding cell and a white refuge--shaped the history of the region and influenced a variety of contemporary social issues in the West today"-- provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Whiteness and the Making of the American West -- Part I. From Dumping Ground to Refuge : Imagining the White Man's West, 1803-1924 -- "For Its Incorporation into Our Union" : The Louisiana Territory and the Conundrum of Western Expansion -- A Climate of Failure or One "Unrivaled, Perhaps, in the World?" -- "The Ablest and Most Valuable Fly Rapidly Westward" : Climate, Racial Vigor and the Advancement of the West, 1860-1900 -- Indians not Immigrants : Charles Fletcher Lummis, Frank Bird Linderman and the Complexities of Race and Ethnicity in America -- Part II. Creating and Defending the White Man's West -- The Politics of Whiteness and Western Expansion -- "Our Climate and Soil is Completely Adapted to their Customs" : Whiteness, Railroad Promotion and the Settlement of the Great Plains -- Unwelcome Saints : Whiteness, Mormons, and the Limits of Success -- Violence in Defense of the White Man's West -- Conclusion: The Limits and Limitations of Whiteness.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on January 22, 2016).
Language English.
Subject West (U.S.) -- Race relations -- History.
White people -- West (U.S.) -- History.
White people -- Race identity -- West (U.S.) -- History.
British Americans -- West (U.S.) -- History.
Racism -- West (U.S.) -- History.
Cultural pluralism -- West (U.S.) -- History.
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.)
West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
West (U.S.) -- History -- 20th century.
États-Unis (Ouest) -- Histoire -- 19e siècle.
États-Unis (Ouest) -- Histoire -- 20e siècle.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
British Americans. (OCoLC)fst00839069
Cultural pluralism. (OCoLC)fst01715991
Frontier and pioneer life. (OCoLC)fst00935370
Race relations. (OCoLC)fst01086509
Racism. (OCoLC)fst01086616
White people. (OCoLC)fst01174816
White people -- Race identity. (OCoLC)fst01174825
West United States. (OCoLC)fst01243255
Chronological Term 1800-1999
Indexed Term British Americans
West (U.S.)
Cultural pluralism
Frontier and pioneer life
Race relations
Race identity
Genre/Form Electronic books.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Pierce, Jason (Jason Eric). Making the white man's West. Boulder : University Press of Colorado, 2016 9781607323952 (DLC) 2015005246 (OCoLC)915135721
ISBN 9781607323969 (electronic bk.)
1607323966 (electronic bk.)
9781607323952 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
1607323958 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
Standard No. AU@ 000055112024
AU@ 000057076962
DEBBG BV044198685
GBVCP 100866538X
GBVCP 1030560374
UKMGB 020142930
AU@ 000068434791

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