Across This Land : A Regional Geography of the United States and Canada

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  • Copyright: 2002-02-08
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr

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Based on decades of research and written in clear, concise prose by one of the foremost geographers in North America, John C. Hudson's Across This Land is a comprehensive regional geography of the North American continent. Clearly organized, the book divides the entire United States and Canada into six major regions, then further subdivides them into twelve smaller areas. Hudson emphasizes each region or area's distinguishing place-specific attributes, including -- to a larger degree than previous regional geographies -- political considerations. In this way, the book tells the story of each region, relying on a brisk narrative that reveals the dynamic processes of their distinctive characteristics. The first extensive regional geography of the North American continent in over seventy-five years, Hudson's Across This Land will become the standard text in geography courses dealing with Canada and the U.S. as well as a popular reference work for scholars, students, and lay readers.

Author Biography

John C. Hudson is a professor of geography and director of the Program in Environmental Sciences at Northwestern University and the first recipient of the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize for popular books in American human geography, awarded by the Association of American Geographers.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Referencesp. xx
Atlantic Canada and Quebec
Newfoundland and Labradorp. 3
Newfoundland Settlementp. 5
The Forest Industryp. 7
Political Changep. 7
The North Atlantic Fisheryp. 8
Labradorp. 10
Offshore Oil and Gasp. 13
Referencesp. 13
Quebecp. 15
The St. Lawrence Lowlandp. 16
Estrie (the Eastern Townships)p. 22
Gaspep. 24
The Saguenay River--Lac St.-Jeanp. 25
Mauriciep. 26
The Quiet Revolution and Its Aftermathp. 27
Referencesp. 30
The Maritimesp. 31
Acadiap. 31
The Annapolis-Cornwallis Valleyp. 34
Eastern Nova Scotiap. 35
Prince Edward Islandp. 37
New Brunswickp. 39
The St. John Valleyp. 41
Referencesp. 41
The Northeast
New Englandp. 45
Colonial Lands and Politicsp. 45
Northern Mainep. 49
The New England Uplandsp. 52
The Champlain Lowlandp. 54
Bostonp. 54
Urban-Industrial Patterns in New Englandp. 56
Coastal New Englandp. 59
The Connecticut River Valleyp. 60
Referencesp. 61
New York and Ontariop. 62
The Geography of New York Cityp. 63
The Port of New Yorkp. 66
The Hudson River Valleyp. 67
The Mohawk Valley, the Erie Canal, and the Lake Ontario Plainp. 70
The Niagara Peninsulap. 72
Upper Canadap. 73
The Growth of Ontariop. 74
The St. Lawrence Lowland in New York and Ontariop. 76
The Adirondack Mountainsp. 77
The Appalachian Plateau in New Yorkp. 78
Referencesp. 79
The Middle Atlanticp. 81
The Delaware Valleyp. 81
Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvaniap. 84
Baltimore and Washingtonp. 86
The Fall Line and Megalopolisp. 89
The Coastal Plain: The Pine Barrens, the Eastern Shore, and Delmarva Peninsulap. 91
The Appalachian Orogenyp. 93
The Anthracite Regionp. 94
Central Pennsylvaniap. 94
Western Pennsylvania and the Steel Valleysp. 95
Referencesp. 96
The Upland South
The Southern Appalachiansp. 101
The Great Valley (the Valley of Virginia)p. 101
Appalachian Folk Culturep. 105
The Appalachian Coal Fieldp. 106
Appalachian Industriesp. 111
The Smoky Mountainsp. 111
The Tennessee Valleyp. 113
Referencesp. 116
The Interior Low Plateausp. 118
The Nashville Basinp. 119
The Pennyroyal Plateaup. 121
The Bluegrass of Kentuckyp. 123
The Illinois Basinp. 125
The Lower Ohio Valleyp. 125
The Middle Mississippi Valleyp. 127
Referencesp. 128
The Ozarks and the Ouachitasp. 130
The Ozarksp. 130
The Ouachita Mountainsp. 135
Referencesp. 137
The Lowland South
The Southeastern Piedmont and the Coastal Plainp. 141
Tobaccop. 143
Urban-Industrial Growth in the Piedmontp. 147
Coastal Plain Land and Land Usep. 149
The Low Country and the Sea Islandsp. 154
Piedmont and Coastal Plain Cottonp. 157
Referencesp. 158
The Florida Peninsulap. 160
Florida Settlementp. 162
The Evergladesp. 162
Urban Growth on the East Coastp. 165
Florida's West Coastp. 167
The Citrus Ridgesp. 169
Florida Demographicsp. 169
North Floridap. 171
Referencesp. 171
The Gulf Coastal Plain and the Alluvial Mississippi Valleyp. 173
The Eastern Gulf Coastp. 173
The Coastal Plain Piney Woodsp. 175
The Black Beltp. 177
The Alluvial Lands of the Mississippi Valleyp. 181
The Yazoo Deltap. 185
The Missouri Bootheel and Eastern Arkansasp. 187
The Mississippi River Distributariesp. 188
Lower Louisianap. 190
The Coastal Zonep. 192
Referencesp. 193
The Middle West
The Corn Beltp. 197
The Virginia Military District and the Miami Valleyp. 200
The Wabash Valley, Sangamon Country, and Little Dixiep. 202
The Tipton Till Plain and the Grand Prairiep. 204
Chicagop. 206
The Corn Belt in the Mississippi Valleyp. 208
The Missouri Valleyp. 210
The Des Moines Lobep. 212
Adjustments in Corn Belt Agriculturep. 214
Referencesp. 215
The Lower Great Lakesp. 216
The Niagara Escarpment and the Great Lakesp. 216
The Iron and Steel Industryp. 217
The Manufacturing Beltp. 221
The Automobile Industryp. 222
Yankeeland in the Middle Westp. 225
The Driftless Areap. 227
The Dairy Industryp. 228
Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis-St. Paulp. 230
Referencesp. 233
Prairies and Plains
Texas and the Southern Plainsp. 237
Hispanic South Texasp. 237
The Republic of Texasp. 241
The Range Cattle Industryp. 242
The Coastal Plain Piney Woods and Prairiesp. 243
The Texas Gulf Coastp. 245
The Central Texas Urban Regionp. 247
The Edwards Plateau and the Plains Borderp. 249
The Origins of Oklahomap. 250
The Oil and Gas Industryp. 253
Referencesp. 257
The Prairie Wheat Landsp. 258
The Central Great Plains Environmentp. 258
The Winter Wheat Regionp. 262
The Spring Wheat Regionp. 265
The Red River Valleyp. 267
The Parkland Beltp. 269
The Prairie Provincesp. 271
The Peace River Districtp. 275
Referencesp. 276
The Western Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains
The Southern Rocky Mountains and the High Plainsp. 281
The Formation of the Rocky Mountains and the High Plainsp. 281
High Plains Settlementp. 284
The Hispano Culture Areap. 287
The Front Range and the Colorado Piedmontp. 290
The Platte River Valleyp. 292
The Nebraska Sand Hillsp. 293
Referencesp. 295
The Missouri Plateaup. 296
Mountains and Basinsp. 297
Powder River Basin Coalp. 300
Dry-Farmed Wheat on the Missouri Plateaup. 301
The Great Sioux Reservationp. 303
Missouri Basin Water Projectsp. 305
The Rocky Mountains East of the Continental Dividep. 306
Referencesp. 309
The Intermountain West
The Northern Rocky Mountains and the Columbia-Snake Plateaup. 313
The Idaho and Montana Mining Frontierp. 315
The Idaho Batholithp. 317
The Rocky Mountain Trenchp. 318
Interior British Columbiap. 320
Forest Industriesp. 322
The Columbia-Snake Plateaup. 324
The Snake River Plainp. 325
The Palouse and the Channeled Scablandsp. 326
The Columbia Basin Projectp. 328
Referencesp. 330
The Great Basinp. 331
Basin and Range Topographyp. 332
The Mormon Settlement of Utahp. 335
The Evolution of Utahp. 337
Nevadap. 339
The Mojave Desertp. 341
Referencesp. 342
The Colorado Plateau and the Desert Southwestp. 344
Colorado Plateau Resourcesp. 346
Native Populations in the Colorado Plateaup. 348
The Mogollon Rimp. 351
The Sonoran Desertp. 351
The Gadsden Purchasep. 354
The Copper Industryp. 355
Agriculture, Urbanization, and Waterp. 356
The Imperial and Coachella Valleysp. 359
Referencesp. 360
The North
The Upper Great Lakesp. 365
Furs and Forestsp. 365
The Pineriesp. 367
The Cutoverp. 370
The Canadian Shield in the United Statesp. 371
Contemporary Trendsp. 374
Referencesp. 375
The Canadian Shieldp. 376
The Role of the Northp. 380
The Clay Beltp. 381
Mining in the Shieldp. 383
The James Bay Projectp. 384
The Arctic Seaportp. 385
Referencesp. 387
The Far Northp. 388
Arctic Environmentsp. 388
Native Populations in the Northp. 391
Nunavutp. 393
The Northwest Passage and the Arctic Archipelagop. 394
The Mackenzie Valley-Northwest Territoriesp. 395
The Yukon Basinp. 398
Alaska's Oil Boomp. 401
Land Claims and Regional Corporationsp. 403
Referencesp. 404
The Pacific Realm
The Pacific Northwestp. 409
The Aleutian Islandsp. 409
The Russian Fur Tradep. 410
American Settlement of Coastal Alaskap. 411
Environments and Resources of the Northwest Coastp. 415
Forestry and Fishingp. 418
Urbanization in Coastal British Columbiap. 421
The Puget Sound Lowlandp. 423
The Willamette Valleyp. 426
Referencesp. 428
Californiap. 430
The North Coastp. 430
The Mediterranean Climatep. 432
The San Francisco Bay Regionp. 433
The Sierra Nevadap. 436
Irrigation and Agriculture in the Central Valleyp. 436
The Coast Rangesp. 440
Southern Californiap. 442
Los Angelesp. 443
Referencesp. 447
Hawaiip. 448
The Native Hawaiiansp. 448
The Hawaiian Environmentp. 450
Nation, State, and Annexationp. 452
Economic Changep. 455
Referencesp. 458
Indexp. 459
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