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The Silver State: Nevada's Heritage Reinterpreted (Wilbur S. Shepperson Series in History and Humanities) 2 Sub Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0874173185
ISBN-10: 0874173183
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From the Publisher

Nevada has changed dramatically over the last quarter century and in this revised edition renowned historian James W. Hulse recounts the major eventsboth historical and socialthat have shaped our state. Hulse's cohesive and readable approach provides students and general readers with an accessible version of Nevada's state history.

About the Author

A native of Pioche, Nevada, James W. Hulse is emeritus professor of history at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the author of eight books, including Forty Years in teh Wilderness and The Nevada Adventure (see page 23).
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Product Details

  • Series: Wilbur S. Shepperson Series in History and Humanities
  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Nevada Pr; 2 Sub edition (July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874173183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874173185
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,534,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a historical account that is an easy read and provides a full accounting of Nevada's history from the time when American Indian tribes dominated the territory until today. While most people think mostly about Las Vegas when considering Nevada, up until recently most of the human action is the state took place in other locations. James Hulse does a beautiful job in compiling and presenting the influence of mining, railrods, farming & grazing, immigration, water rights, military matters, and politics in all reigons of the state.

If you are interested in a thorough accounting of the history of the state of Nevada, this book is a top choice.
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I'm a student at the University of Reno, Nevada and Hulse's book was assigned at the com. college in Reno for History 217. In any case, Hulse is an emeritus professor at UNR who once taught History. I read this book with little expectations. I'm a Reno resident though born in raised in Palm Desert, Ca, yet I was blown away at the recognizable names placed throughout Nevada, its universities, and towns that placed the connection and influence of the frontier attitudes that shaped the State of Nevada. It's an excellent book and Hulse has left me with the need to acquire a more in depth knowledge about these towns, characters, and author. This book is a must read! Feel free to contact cjarrett@unr.nevada.edu if you're a fan, a friend, or UNR student. :)
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Again, this was required reading at UNR and WNC (Western Nevada College). It makes perfect sense why. Hulse does an amazing job at more or less layout out the foundations of the state and presenting it in a way very comprehensable to both students and general readers (like myself) alike. The perfect "textbook" for Nevada in every sense of the word. Not dry, nor jelly ... just perfect.
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I bought this book for a Nevada History class. It was very informative. I learned a lot about the state that I live in.
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I bought my copy in the bookstore of the Nevada legislative building. It is the second edition, of 1998, but not much has been added in the third edition of 2004. Even the page numbers for the start of each chapter exactly match those of the second edition. The one thing that seems to be covered in the third is the approval of the Yucca Mountain site by the feds.
Hulse is a competent writer. I found much of what could have been exciting history to be told in a plodding manner. My most frequent feeling was of hoping for more detail but that never happened. It took me a while to realize that I was reading a textbook aimed at high school or junior college students. I should not have been surprised because that is exactly why he wrote it, as he explains in the first sentence of the Preface!
This is a "general" history as the author also states so it attempts to cover every aspect of Nevada's history. Don't expect to find much about the Comstock Lode at Virginia City, or how the mobsters got into Las Vegas in its early days. You will learn where the emigrant wagon routes were, how and where the railroads were built, the importance of the Mormons in the early days and even a few pages about what Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) experienced.
My appetite for more detailed reading about Nevada was whetted by Hulse's efforts, which I suspect is a big reason he wrote this. Any good teacher likes to see his students dig more deeply into the subject. Therefore I am grateful that the author included a ten page bibliography.
The book would have benefitted from more and better maps and by the inclusion of a lot more photos.
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Still reading with great interest, wide spectrum of content, history, geology, society. I can recommend this book
to readers interested in background information about the Silver State
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There are some difficulties with this high school level textbook. There needs to be an addition to the "Contents" page for illustrations and maps. The maps are very basic sketches and not so helpful in identifying all places mentioned in the text. "Mob" involvement in gambling during the 1950's is pretty much glossed over (Bugsy Segal not even mentioned). The author is repetitive in explaining how Native American culture & property patterns led to conflict with the White pioneers. I noted in a few places where the author will mention something without providing any explanation. An example of this is on page 59 where he states Morman settlers in the Carson Valley were "so remote from their political leaders in Fillmore City"
with no explanation of where Fillmore City was or what is meant by the "political connection." Nevertheless, this book does provide a very good overview of the state's history (at list for this non-Nevadan) and is easy to follow.
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