Opening the West: Federal Internal Improvements Before 1860 Laurence J. Malone

ISBN: 9780313306716

Published: July 17th 1998

Hardcover

176 pages


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Opening the West: Federal Internal Improvements Before 1860  by  Laurence J. Malone

Opening the West: Federal Internal Improvements Before 1860 by Laurence J. Malone
July 17th 1998 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 176 pages | ISBN: 9780313306716 | 6.31 Mb

Following Frederick Jackson Turners lead, most economic historians assume the West and its people were shaped by economic determinism. This study proposes a different path. The federal government, Malone claims, opened the frontier before waves of settlers arrived by constructing a network of roads and making improvements to rivers and harbors. The book begins by analyzing federal transportation expenditures from 1800 to 1860 and then moves on to look at early federal improvement programs and their effects on determining the direction of settlement in the New West.Settlement in the New West states--Arkansas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota--accelerated after the governments projects were constructed.

The tracking of internal improvement expenditures in sparsely settled regions shows the federal government had a significant role in initiating growth prior to the more widely acknowledged railroad developments after mid-century.



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