Book ID: CBB001421801

The Big Empty: The Great Plains in the Twentieth Century (2011)


Hurt, R. Douglas (Author)

University of Arizona Press

Publication Date: 2011
Physical Details: xv + 315 pp.; ill.; maps
Language: English

The Great Plains, known for grasslands that stretch to the horizon, is a difficult region to define. Some classify it as the region beginning in the east at the ninety-eighth or one-hundredth meridian. Others identify the eastern boundary with annual precipitation lines, soil composi-tion, or length of the grass. In The Big Empty, leading historian R. Douglas Hurt defines this region using the towns and cities---Denver, Lin-coln, and Fort Worth---that made a difference in the history of the environment, politics, and agriculture of the Great Plains. Using the voices of women homesteaders, agrarian socialists, Jewish farmers, Mexican meatpackers, New Dealers, and Native Americans, this book creates a sweeping survey of contested race relations, radical politics, and agricultural prosperity and decline during the twentieth century. This narrative shows that even though Great Plains history is fraught with personal and group tensions, violence, and distress, the twentieth century also brought about compelling social, economic, and political change.

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Authors & Contributors
Hurt, R. Douglas
Gardner, Robert B.
Cathcart, Michael
Sunseri, Thaddeus
Rogers, Thomas D.
Westermann, Andrea
Agricultural History
Environment and History
History and Technology
Past and Present
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Environmental History
Cambridge University Press
Text Publishing
University of North Carolina Press
Yale University Press
University of Nebraska Press
NUS Press
Environmental history
Nature and its relationship to culture; human-nature relationships
Water resource management
Science and politics
Smith, Adam
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
Great Plains (North America)
United States

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