Essays on the Changing Images of the Southwest

978-0-89096-620-4 Cloth
6 x 9 x 0 in
168 pp. 20 b&w photos., 4 maps.
Pub Date: 01/01/1995


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Summerfield G. Roberts Award. Presented April 1989.T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award. Presented April 1989.
Why has the American Southwest been celebrated as a place of beauty and history even as it was condemned as a place without any past or, indeed, an inhabitable present? The contributors to this volume all address how and why America's image of the Southwest has evolved.

D. W. Meinig once wrote: "The Southwest is a distinctive place to the American mind but a somewhat blurred place on American maps." Actually, it has been a somewhat blurred place even to the mind. The Southwest's physical extremes--urban and rural, tame and wild, ugly and beautiful, polluted and pure--complicate its image, but with the well-researched and thought-provoking contributions of this volume, the region achieves clearer definition. Generous illustrations help to underscore the authors' points.

Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures, published for the University of Texas at Arlington by Texas A&M University Press

Published by Texas A&M University Press