Encyclopedia of Immigration and Migration in the American West, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Gordon Morris Bakken [California State University]
  • Published By: SAGE
  • ISBN-10: 1412939577
  • ISBN-13: 9781412939577
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 848 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2006 | Published/Released May 2006
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2006

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Immigration from foreign countries was a small part of the peopling of the American West but an important aspect in building western infrastructure, cities, and neighborhoods. The Encyclopedia of Immigration and Migration in the American West, originally published in print format in 2006, provides much more than ethnic groups crossing the plains, landing at ports, or crossing borders; this two-volume work makes the history of the American West an important part of the American experience. Through sweeping entries, focused biographies, community histories, economic enterprise analysis, and demographic studies, this Encyclopedia presents the tapestry of the West and its population during various periods of migration. The two volumes examine the settling of the West and include coverage of movements of American Indians, African Americans, and the often-forgotten role of women in the West's development.

Key features include:

  • Represents many of the American Indian tribes and bands that constitute our native heritage in an attempt to reintegrate the significance of their migrations with those of later arrivals
  • Examines how African Americans and countless other ethnic groups moved west for new opportunities to better their lives Looks at specific economic opportunities such as mineral exploration and the development of instant cities
  • Provides specific entries on immigration law to give readers a sense of how immigration and migration have been involved in the public sphere
  • Includes biographies of certain individuals who represent the ordinary, as well as extraordinary, efforts it took to populate the region



  • Gordon Morris Bakken [California State University]

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Entries.
Reader's Guide.
About the Editors.
1: African American Communities in California.
2: Alien Land Law of 1913.
3: American Indian Migration to Phoenix, Arizona.
4: Anglo Migration to Southern California Before the Depression.
5: Apache.
6: Arapaho.
7: Arizona Copper Discoveries.
8: Asian Immigration Law.
9: Assiniboine.
10: Austin, Stephen Fuller (1793–1836).
11: Bartleson, John (1786–1848).
12: Basque Americans.
13: Bass, Charlotta A. Spear(S) (? –1969).
14: Bidwell, John (1819–1900).
15: Billings, Montana.
16: Bisbee and Douglas, Arizona.
17: Black Hills Gold Rush of 1874.
18: Blackfoot Nation.
19: Bloom, Jessie S. (1887–1980).
20: Boise, Idaho.
21: Boyle Heights, California.
22: Bozeman, Montana.
23: Brent, Joseph Lancaster (1820–1905).
24: Brigham City, Utah.
25: Bureau of Indian Affairs.
26: Butte, Montana.
27: Cahuilla Nation.
28: California Indians of the North Coast and Northwestern Coast.
29: California Indians of the Northern Mountains.
30: California Indians of the Northern Valley.
31: California Libraries in the Post–World War II Era.
32: Carr, Jeanne Carver Smith (1825–1903).
33: Chapman, Joseph (1784–1849).
34: Chemehuevi.
35: Cheyennes.
36: Chileans and the California Gold Rush.
37: China Lake, Inyokern, and Ridgecrest, California.
38: Chinatowns.
39: Chinese Exclusion Act.
40: Chinese Immigration.
41: Cody, Wyoming.
42: Comstock Lode, 1859.
43: Confederate Veterans in Southern California.
44: Creek Nation.
45: Cripple Creek, Colorado.
46: Crow Nation.
47: Cupeños.
48: Czechs and Swedes in Saunders County, Nebraska.
49: Dearfield, Colorado.
50: Defense Industry.
51: Dellums, Cottrell Lawrence (1900–1989).
52: Denver, Pueblo, Boulder, Fort Collins, And Colorado Springs, Colorado.
53: Donner Party.
54: Dry Farming.
55: Duniway, Abigail Scott (1834–1915).
56: Enlarged Homestead Act of 1909.
57: Euro-American Migration on the Overland Trails.
58: Farming Families on the Oregon Frontier.
59: Feldenheimer, Edith (1900–1984).
60: Foltz, Clara Shortridge (1849–1934).
61: Foote, Mary Hallock (1847–1938).
62: Forced Migration of Anarchists.
63: Forced Migration of Italians During World War II.
64: Fort Worth, Texas.
65: Frank, Ray (1861–1948).
66: Fraser River Gold Rush of 1858.
67: Frémont, John Charles (1813–1890).
68: French Basques of Bakersfield, California.
69: Fresno, California.
70: Frisco Mine, Beaver County, Utah.
71: Frisians.
72: Gabrielino.
73: Gale, William Alden (? –1841).
74: Gallatin Valley, Montana.
75: Gentleman's Agreement.
76: German and Italian Internment.
77: Gianforte, Greg (1961–).
78: Gilead, Kansas.
79: Goldfield, Nevada.
80: Grass Valley, California.
81: Great Falls, Montana.
82: Gros Ventre.
83: Hartnell, William (1798–1854).
84: Harvey, Frederick Henry (1835–1901).
85: Helena, Montana.
86: Helena's Exploited Resources.
87: Homestead Act.
88: Hopi.
89: Huntington Beach, California.
90: Idaho Silver Strikes.
91: Immigration Act of 1965.
92: Immigration and Naturalization Service (Ins).
93: Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
94: Indian Removal Act of 1830.
95: Inyo County, California.
96: Iran-Iraq War and the Migration of Iranian Youth to California.
97: Irish in the West.
98: Irvine, James Harvey (1827–1886).
99: Jacks, David Baird (1822–1909).
100: Jackson, Wyoming.
101: Japanese Internment.
102: Juaneños.
103: Julian, California.
104: Kalispell, Montana.
105: Koreatown.
106: Kumeyaay (Diegueño, I'ipay, and Tipai).
107: Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
108: Lakotas.
109: Lankershim, Isaac (1818–1882).
110: Las Vegas, Nevada.
111: Last Chance Gulch, Montana.
112: Lawyers and Legislation.
113: Leadville, Colorado.
114: Lewiston and Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.
115: Libby, Montana.
116: Libraries and the Immigrant.
117: Lincoln, Nebraska.
118: Little Italy.
119: Little Tokyo and Japantown.
120: Logging.
121: Los Angeles, California.
122: Luiseño.
Appendix: Part I, Master Bibliography.
Appendix: Part II, Master Bibliography.