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The contested plains : Indians, goldseekers, & the rush to Colorado / Elliott West.

By: West, Elliott, 1945-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c1998Description: xxiv, 422 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0700608915 (alk. paper); 9780700608911 (alk. paper); 0700610294; 9780700610297.Subject(s): Great Plains -- History | Colorado -- Gold discoveries | Indians of North America -- Great Plains -- History | Human ecology -- Great PlainsAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Contested plains.; Online version:: Contested plains.DDC classification: 978 Other classification: 15.85 | HD 475
Contents:
Prologue: A scrap and a panic -- Visions. The Old World ; Frontiers and visions ; The called out people -- Gold rush. The gold ; The gathering ; The rush -- Power. Path of empire ; On the road to a flourishing mountain state ; The people of the centre ; The miseries of failure -- Epilogue: Stories in the teeth of life.
Summary: Discusses the rise of the Native American horse culture, the discovery of gold in the Rocky Mountains, and the Indian Wars of the 1860's.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [383]-406) and index.

Discusses the rise of the Native American horse culture, the discovery of gold in the Rocky Mountains, and the Indian Wars of the 1860's.

Prologue: A scrap and a panic -- Part 1: Visions. The Old World ; Frontiers and visions ; The called out people -- Part 2: Gold rush. The gold ; The gathering ; The rush -- Part 3: Power. Path of empire ; On the road to a flourishing mountain state ; The people of the centre ; The miseries of failure -- Epilogue: Stories in the teeth of life.

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Endorsed prior to its publication by such distinguished Western historians as Richard White, Robert Utley, and Patricia Nelson Limerick, The Contested Plains is that rare book that lives up to its advance notices. It is a superbly written account of the collision of cultures and a series of competing visions for the High Plains and the Colorado Front Range, which after 12,000 years of human occupation climaxed between the discovery of gold at Cherry Creek in 1858 and the final defeat of Tall Bull's Cheyenne Dog Soldiers on the South Platte in Nebraska on July 11, 1868. West, with unacknowledged (and unconscious?) debts to Walter Prescott Webb's The Great Plains (1900) and James C. Malin's The Grasslands of North America (1947), offers a provocative interpretation. A unique natural environment and climatic changes across millennia confronted successive waves of human occupants with opportunities to imagine new possibilities, transform their cultures in enacting what they imagined, and, in turn, press against the limits of nature. Bounding cultural responses and imagination are the quanta and types of energy that the resources of the High Plains provide. West's consideration of Native American adaptations to the Plains and of alternative possible outcomes once Indians and Anglo-Americans were pitted in rivalry is particularly penetrating. An epilogue, illustrations, and endnotes all too swiftly bring one to the end of an immensely satisfying and important narrative. All levels. D. W. Steeples Mercer University

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Elliott West, professor of history at the University of Arkansas

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