Beyond the hundredth meridian: John Wesley Powell and the by Wallace Stegner

By Wallace Stegner


No library of western/southwestern fabrics should be with out this e-book. . . . --Books of the Southwest

This e-book is going some distance past biography, into the character and soul of the yankee West. it's Stegner at his top, assaying a complete period of our heritage, packing his pages with insights as clever as his prose. --Ivan Doig

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The writer recounts the successes and frustrations of John Wesley Powell, the prestigious ethnologist and geologist who explored the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, and the native land of Indian tribes of the yank Southwest. "No library of western/southwestern fabrics could be with out this ebook. . . ."-- Books of the Southwest.

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Any major Western topic, or any commonplace Western phenomenon, involves those energies the moment it is glanced at. Thus a favorite garment in the West (as in rural places throughout the United States) is a shirt whose trade name is Big Yank. It is a cotton shirt — made of a fiber once grown only in the South but now grown competitively in the West. It is a manufactured article — a product of industry located outside the West. So it cannot safely be dissected out from the national system. And the more you look at it, the more clearly you see that this involvement is complex.

In that office he had been active and effective in holding Colorado for the Union, and he had been through all his life a consistent and impassioned advocate of the imperial dynamism of Old Bullion Benton. Speaking to the Fenian Brotherhood in the capital of the seven-year-old territory of Colorado on this Fourth of July, 1868, he repeated and summarized the things he had been saying in speeches and books since before the Mexican War and would go on saying until his death. It is almost awe-inspiring to contemplate this veteran Westerner, with twenty-five years of hard firsthand experience behind him, as he stands up in the raw frontier town of Denver and looks clear over the continent of facts and into prophecy.

As the father of government bureaus far-reaching in their own effects and influential in the models they provided for other and later government agencies. Above all, as a champion and an instrument of social understanding and social change. Like Lester Ward, his one-time employee and firm friend, Major Powell repudiated that reading of Darwinism which made man the pawn of evolutionary forces. In his view, man escaped the prison in which all other life was held, because he could apply intelligence and will to his environment and bend it.

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