Arizona: A History

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/1/2012
  • Publisher: Univ of Arizona Pr

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Hailed as a model state history thanks to Thomas E. Sheridan's thoughtful analysis and lively interpretation of the people and events shaping the Grand Canyon State, Arizona has become a standard in the field. Now, just in time for Arizona's centennial, Sheridan has revised and expanded this already top-tier state history to incorporate events and changes that have taken place in recent years. Addressing contemporary issues like land use, water rights, dramatic population increases, suburban sprawl, and the US-Mexico border, the new material makes the book more essential than ever. It successfully places the forty-eighth state's history within the context of national and global events. No other book on Arizona history is as integrative or comprehensive. From stone spear points more than 10,000 years old to the boom and bust of the housing market in the first decade of this century, Arizona: A History explores the ways in which Native Americans, Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, and Anglos have inhabited and exploited Arizona. Sheridan, a life-long resident of the state, puts forth new ideas about what a history should be, embracing a holistic view of the region and shattering the artificial line between prehistory and history. Other works on Arizona's history focus on government, business, or natural resources, but this is the only book to meld the ethnic and cultural complexities of the state's history into the main flow of the story. A must read for anyone interested in Arizona's past or present, this extensive revision of the classic work will appeal to students, scholars, and general readers alike.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Native Americansp. 11
The Arrival of the Europeansp. 33
Mexican Arizona and the Anglo Frontierp. 51
Early Anglo Settlement and the Beginning of the Indian Warsp. 67
The Military Conquest of Indian Arizonap. 84
The Freighters and the Railroadsp. 111
Cattlep. 131
Silver and Goldp. 151
Copperp. 166
Oases in the Desertp. 195
Water and Cottonp. 211
Climatep. 237
The Depression and the New Dealp. 257
World War II and the Postwar Boomp. 276
The Other Arizonap. 303
From the Southwest to the Sunbeltp. 337
Arizona in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 374
The Political Ecology of a Desert Statep. 399
Reference Material
Bibliographic Essaysp. 417
Indexp. 465
Political map of Arizonap. 7
Physiographic map of Arizonap. 13
Indian reservations in Arizonap. 95
Federal lands in Arizonap. 269
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