History of Nevada

History of Nevada

History of Nevada

History of Nevada

Synopsis

This updated edition of History of Nevada is still the most comprehensive one-volume economic, political, and social history of a state that was once thought of as "a bridge to somewhere else." It will be welcomed by students and general readers.

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Nevada, as it moves into the second half of the 1980s, exhibits much the same basic political, economic, and social patterns as it did in the previous two decades. Politically, although the players continually change, the state remains conservative, particularly in financial matters, its leaders facing the same questions that faced their predecessors: crowded schools, rising crime rates and overcrowded prisons, deteriorating transportation systems, air pollution, inadequate water supplies, and the numerous other problems caused by a population growing too rapidly. Economically, the state continues to place its main emphasis on gambling. Faith in that industry as a panacea for all ills, however, was weakened somewhat when the recession of the early 1980s destroyed the myth that gambling was recession proof. That realization sent Nevada's leaders hurrying to find ways to diversify the state's economy. The effort has had some success under Governor Bryan, but Nevada still has a long way to go before it can legitimately claim to have a diversified economy. Nevada's societal structure has changed little since the publication of the original edition of this work. The rather substantial movement of Hispanics into the state, however, and to a . . .

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