The Legacy of Conquest
The Unbroken Past of the American West
ISBN10: 0393304973 ISBN13: 9780393304978 Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc Published: Jan 1 2006 Pages: 400 Weight: 1.00lbs. Height: 8.25" Width: 5.75" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
The "settling" of the American West has been perceived throughout the world as a series of quaint, violent, and romantic adventures. But in fact, Patricia Nelson Limerick argues, the West has a history grounded primarily in economic reality; in hardheaded questions of profit, loss, competition, and consolidation. Here she interprets the stories and the characters in a new way: the trappers, traders, Indians, farmers, oilmen, cowboys, and sheriffs of the Old West "meant business" in more ways than one, and their descendents mean business today.