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November 2, 2014

THE FAR WEST

The other “second-generation” nation, the Far West occupies the one part of the continent shaped more by environmental factors than ethnographic ones.
High, dry, and remote, the Far West stopped migrating easterners in their tracks, and most of it could be made habitable only with the deployment of vast industrial resources: railroads, heavy mining equipment, ore smelters, dams, and irrigation systems. As a result, settlement was largely directed by corporations headquartered in distant New York, Boston, Chicago, or San Francisco, or by the federal government, which controlled much of the land. The Far West’s people are often resentful of their dependent status, feeling that they have been exploited as an internal colony for the benefit of the seaboard nations. Their senators led the fight against trusts in the mid-twentieth century. Of late, Far Westerners have focused their anger on the federal government, rather than their corporate masters.
- - Up in Arms Tufts Magazine / fall 2013

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 2, 2014 8:56 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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