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The shaping of America : a geographical perspective on 500 years of history

Author: D W Meinig
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1986-©2004.
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Volume one examines how an immense diversity of ethnic and religious groups ultimately created a set of distinct regional societies. Volume two emphasizes the flux, uncertainty, and unpredictablilty of the expansion into continental America, showing how a multitude of individuals confronted complex and problematic issues.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Meinig, D.W. (Donald William), 1924-
Shaping of America.
New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1986-©2004
(OCoLC)561420141
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: D W Meinig
ISBN: 0300035489 9780300035483 0300038828 9780300038828 0300056583 9780300056587 0300062907 9780300062908 0300075928 9780300075922 0300104324 9780300104325 0300082908 9780300082906
OCLC Number: 12552738
Awards: Association of American Geographers John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize (volume 4), 2004.
Description: 4 volumes : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: v. 1. Atlantic America, 1492-1800 --
List of illustrations and tables --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
pt. 1. Outreach : the creation of an Atlantic world --
Prologue --
1. America as a continuation --
2. Iberian initiatives --
3. The creation of New Spain --
4. The Luso-Farican contribution --
5. Initiatives in the North and Huguenot enterprise --
6. The emergence of the English --
7. Implantations from Northwest Europe --
8. Generalizations : European source regions --
9. Generalizations : sectors and circuits of the Atlantic world --
10. Generalizations : geographic models of interaction --
pt. 2. Implantations : the creation of American diversity --
Prologue --
1. Peoples and places --
2. Northern coasts : beginnings --
3. New England --
4. Northern entryways : the St. Lawrence --
5. Northern entryways : Hudson Bay --
6. Northern entryways : the Hudson River --
7. Northern entryways : the Delaware --
8. Pennsylvania --
9. Emergency of Greater Virginia --
10. Tropical islands --
11. Carolina and the Carolinas --
12. Florida --
13. Louisiana --
14. Texas and the lower Rio Grande --
15. Encounter and change : Europeans and Indians --
16. Migration and change : Europeans overseas --
17. Enslavement and change : Africans in America --
18. Defining areas --
19. The Europeanized area : populations and regional societies, circa 1750. pt. 3. Reorganizations : the creation of an American matrix --
Prologue --
1. A geographical transect of the Atlantic world --
2. The Great War and its alterations of empires --
3. Reorganization: Northern America --
4. Reorganization : tropical America --
5. Reorganization : interior America --
6. Expansions, 1750-1775 --
7. Divergence --
8. Disruption --
9. Reorganization : British North America --
10. Destabilization : tropical America --
11. Unification: forming the United States --
12. Emergence of a federal nation --
13. Generalizations : the disintegration of empires --
14. Generalizations : the problems of federations --
15. Generalizations : nation-building --
16. Generalizations : expansionism, American-style --
pt. 4. Context : the United States circa 1800 --
Prologue --
1. The United States in North America --
2. The United States and Europe --
3. E pluribus unum, in uno plures? --
Sources of quotations --
Bibliography --
Index. v. 2. Continental America, 1800-1867 --
List of illustrations --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
pt. 1. Extension : the creation of a continental empire --
Prologue --
1. Doubling the national territory : Louisiana --
2. Pressures on the borders : southward --
3. Pressures on the borders : northward --
4. The reach westward : to circa 1830 --
5. Shoving the Indians out of the way --
6. Assertion and division : Oregon and the Northern boundary --
7. Annexation and conquest : Texas and the Hispanic borderlands --
8. Spanning a continent --
and ocean --
9. Empire : the geopolitical management of captive peoples --
10. Continentalism : objectives, modes, visions --
pt. 2. Expansion : the growth of a continental nation --
Prologue --
1. Filling in the framework : migration westward --
2. Occupying new ground : colonization, American style --
3. Planting new societies : New England extended --
4. Planting new societies : Virginia extended --
5. Planting new societies : midlands extended --
6. Planting new societies : the cotton belt and South Carolina extended. 7. Color in the plantings : the Afro-American presence --
8. Making new pathways : waterways, roads, and rails --
9. Tying the parts together : national programs --
10. Creating new centers : cities and systems of cities --
11. Harnessing new forces : industries an industrial regions --
12. Cementing the parts together : an American nation --
13. Morphology : the shape of the United States, 1850s --
pt. 3. Tension : the sundering of a federation --
Prologue --
1. The shaping of new states --
2. Expanding the federation --
3. The idea of separation --
4. Disintegration --
5. Geopolitical alternatives --
6. Conquest and emancipation --
7. Empire, nation, federation : geopolitical contentions --
pt. 4. Context : the United States in North America circa 1867 --
Prologue --
1. Continental America --
2. The northern borderlands --
3. Hispanic borderlands --
4. The Afro-American archipelago --
5. A wider presence --
Sources of quotations --
Bibliography --
Index. v. 3. Transcontinental America, 1850-1915 --
List of illustrations --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
pt. 1. Articulation : binding the coasts together --
Prologue --
1. Forging the iron bond --
pt. 2. Dominion : the emergence of American Wests --
Prologue --
1. Delineating the New West --
2. California --
3. Southern California --
4. Oregon and the Pacific Northwest --
5. Zion, Deseret, and Utah --
6. New Mexico : Hispanic, Indian, Anglo --
7. The Colorado complex --
8. The rest of the West --
9. Indians and empire --
10. American Wests-American domain --
pt. 3. Consolidation : structuring an American nation --
Prologue --
1. A re-United States --
2. New economic regions --
3. Railroads : the contest for territory --
4. Populations and peoples --
5. Systems and symbols --
pt. 4. Spheres : American influence and outreach --
Prologue --
1. Canada and continentalism --
2. Mexico and an American Mediterranean --
3. Hawaii and an American Pacific --
4. Panama and transcontinental completion --
Sources of quotations --
Bibliography --
Index. v. 4. Global America, 1915-2000 --
List of illustrations --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
pt. 1. Technology : mobilization and acceleration --
Prologue --
1. Mobilization : the automotive revolution --
2. Mobilization : neotechnic evolution --
3. Acceleration : on the surface --
4. Acceleration : in the air --
5. Acceleration : invisible and instantaneous --
pt. 2. Morphology : migrations and formations --
Prologue --
1. Populations and policies, 1915-1950s --
2. Regionalism, 1920s-1950 --
3. A reconnaissance of regions --
4. Midcentury morphology --
5. Altering the federation and internal empire --
6. Populations and policies, 1950s-1990s --
7. Some reconfigurations--
8. Reshaping the nation --
pt. 3. Mission : assertions and impositions --
Prologue --
1. Assertions : America and Europe --
2. Impositions : war and interwar, Europe and Asia --
3. Impositions : Western hemisphere --
4. Redividing the world --
5. Impositions and oppositions --
6. America and the world --
Sources of quotations --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: D.W. Meinig.

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