Haunted by Waters

Haunted by Waters

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Even though race influenced how Americans envisioned, represented, and shaped the American West, discussions of its history devalue the experiences of racial and ethnic minorities. In this lyrical history of marginalized peoples in Idaho, Robert T. Hayashi views the West from a different perspective by detailing the ways in which they shaped the western landscape and its meaning. As an easterner, researcher, angler, and third-generation Japanese American traveling across the contemporary Idaho landscapea€”where his grandfather died during internment during World War IIa€”Hayashi reconstructs a landscape that lured emigrants of all races at the same time its ruling forces were developing cultured processes that excluded nonwhites. Throughout each convincing and compelling chapter, he searches for the stories of dispossessed minorities as patiently as he searches for trout. Using a wide range of materials that include memoirs, oral interviews, poetry, legal cases, letters, government documents, and even road signs, Hayashi illustrates how Thomas Jeffersona€™s vision of an agrarian, all-white, and democratic West affected the Gem Statea€™s Nez Perce, Chinese, Shoshone, Mormon, and particularly Japanese residents. Starting at the site of the Corps of Discoverya€™s journey into Idaho, he details the ideological, aesthetic, and material manifestations of these intertwined notions of race and place. As he ?y-?shes Idahoa€™s fabled rivers and visits its historical sites and museums, Hayashi reads the contemporary landscape in light of this evolution.Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1969. Stapp, Darby Campbell. a€œThe Historic Ethnography of a Chinese Mining ... Education Fund, 1997. United States Department of Agriculture. Forest Service Manual 2300: Recreation, 186 bibliography.

Title:Haunted by Waters
Author: Robert T. Hayashi
Publisher:University of Iowa Press - 2007-08-15

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