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Synthesis Paper Standpoints: The American West In Patricia Nelson Limerick’s essay, “Something in the Soil” there are many questions posed concerning Western history. Throughout this essay she attempts to define the study of the ‘New American West’ by separating certain issues into four words beginning with “c”: continuity, convergence, conquest, and complexity. Through this manner of organization Limerick expresses her belief that the definition of the west should be a definite and concrete notion. The West should be treated as a region, with flexible borders at the ‘Pacific and at the hundredth meridian, where rainfall drops below the twenty inches a year needed to sustain irrigated agriculture’. Limerick states that “this West is not a unit of homogeneity and internal consistency…much of this territory shares common characteristics that do not appear in every part of the West but that overlap enough in Western places to give the whole some conceptual unity.” These boundaries of the West include sharing a border with Mexico that has been, and is, the entry point for Mexican immigrants. Much of the West was once under the sovereignty of Spain and then Mexico and was acquired by the United States in a clear war of conquest against
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2008 for the course CAMW 2001 taught by Professor Ramirez,k during the Fall '07 term at Colorado.

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