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462_Long_Paper - Kerry Gabrielson History 462 Discussion M...

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Kerry Gabrielson History 462 Discussion M 2:25 Nature’s Metropolis : Argumentation and Source Usage Nature’s Metropolis argues predominantly that Chicago and its hinterlands, or what Cronon refers to as the “Great West,” (the areas which surround and supported the growth of the city and consumed and relied upon its products) 1 developed in concert with each other as a result of many fluke circumstances and manipulated circumstances, as well as some geographical advantages of the land which contains modern Chicago. Cronon develops his argument thoroughly by developing several complementary arguments which all bolster and support different facets of this sprawling thesis and one of the most persuasive tactics Cronon uses throughout this argumentation is the usage of an expansive depth and breadth of sources. He further argues that the US West is an episode in the frontier process of “geopolitical conquest followed by economic incorporation based on extraction.” 2 In order to prove his thesis, Cronon attempts to explain how the West was incorporated into the United States’ broader economy in terms of how it developed in
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course HIST 462 taught by Professor Mcbee during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.

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462_Long_Paper - Kerry Gabrielson History 462 Discussion M...

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