A Great Basin mosaic : the cultures of rural Nevada /

"A Great Basin Mosaic looks beyond the popular Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas regions of Nevada and reflects on the cultures of smaller towns. Oftentimes these other 'Nevadas' become short-changed by academic historians at the state level, resulting in a disconnect between the cultur...

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Author / Creator: Hulse, James W. (Author)
Format: eBook Electronic
Language:English
Imprint: Reno : University of Nevada Press, 2016.
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Summary:"A Great Basin Mosaic looks beyond the popular Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas regions of Nevada and reflects on the cultures of smaller towns. Oftentimes these other 'Nevadas' become short-changed by academic historians at the state level, resulting in a disconnect between the cultures that actually exist within these Nevada communities and the public's perception of them. This text remedies such neglect by adding to the research and writings about each Nevada county and town, offering concentrations on seemingly mundane politics and economic factors as well as providing some cultural and social analysis"--Provided by publisher.

The Nevada of lesser-known cities, towns, and outposts deserve their separate chronicles, and here Hulse fills a wide gap. He contributes in a text rich with memories tramping through rural Nevada as a child, then as a journalist seeking news and gossip, then later as an academic historian and a parent trying to share the wonders of the high desert with his family. Nobody is more qualified to write about the cultural nuances of rural Nevada than Hulse, who retired after 35 years as a professor of history at University of Nevada, Reno.

Robert Laxalt wrote an article in National Geographic in 1974 entitled "The Other Nevada" in which he referred to "the Nevada that has been eclipsed by the tinsel trimmings of Las Vegas, the round-the-clock casinos, the ski slopes of the Sierra. It is a Nevada that few tourists see." With this book Hulse reflects on Laxalt's insights and shows changes--often slow-moving and incremental--that have occurred since then. Much of the terrain of rural Nevada has not changed at all, while others have adapted to technological revolutions of recent times. Hulse states that there is no single "other" Nevada, but several subcultures with distinct features. He offers a tour of sorts to what John Muir called the "bewildering abundance" of the Nevada landscape.

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Physical Description:1 online resource
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9780874174663
087417466X
Author Notes:James W. Hulse was born in Pioche, NV and is truly a native son of Nevada. He was professor of history at University of Nevada, Reno from 1962-97. Author of many books on Nevada, he was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 1997.