Award Date

1-1-1996

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

First Committee Member

Hal K. Rothman

Number of Pages

127

Abstract

This thesis tells a story of resource competition in central Nevada primarily between two groups--Shoshone Indians who inhabited the region for centuries and European Americans who arrived in the nineteenth century. Although people who competed for control of the region's pinion pine trees generally fell into either of these categories, the labels of Indian and European grossly oversimplify the diversity within each group. Both Shoshone and Europeans comprised a variety of sub-groupings that utilized resources in a distinct manner and for purposes that often differed from those of the larger population. A number of different Shoshone bands and families competed against each other for food resources but particularly for pine nuts. Among Europeans, a variety of different racial, ethnic, class, and occupational groups competed for the same timber resources. These included middle- and working-class Italian immigrants, upper class businessmen and industrialists, as well as miners. Conflict intensified among these diverse segments of the population and between Indians and Europeans as natural resources diminished.

Keywords

Central; Class; Commons; Contesting; Environment; Ethnicity; Nevada; Occupation; Race

Controlled Subject

Social structure

File Format

pdf

File Size

2785.28 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/b2tp-0kze


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