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David M. Wrobel

America's West

A History, 1890-1950

Cambridge University Press 2017

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In America’s West: A History, 1890-1950 (Cambridge University Press, 2017), David M. Wrobel describes a sixty year period of remarkable change for the vast region....

In America’s West: A History, 1890-1950 (Cambridge University Press, 2017), David M. Wrobel describes a sixty year period of remarkable change for the vast region. By focusing on politics, demography, race, and cultural change, Wrobel argues that while the West was colonized space, it was also a crucible for the broader changes in American society during the first half of the twentieth century. America’s West is a concise synthesis of a period often neglected by historians of the West, as the United States emerged as an international imperial power. Wrobel focuses on several important actors, including Theodore Roosevelt, and also connect the history of politicians and leaders to everyday Americans, immigrants, and Native people. America’s West is evidence that the American West is still a unique region worthy of its rich legacy of scholarship.

Dr. David Wrobel holds the Merrick Chair in Western American History and is the David L. Boren Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma, where he also serves as the Dean of Arts and Sciences. He is an award winning historian of the West and will begin a tenure as president of the Western History Association in 2019.


Stephen Hausmann is an Assistant Professor of US History at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He teaches courses on modern US history, environmental history, and Indigenous history and is currently working on his book manuscript, an environmental history of the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming.