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The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West

Opening the West Books

By: Patricia Nelson Limerick

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 descendants mean business today.

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Published: 1987
Pages: 396

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