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Industrial CowboysMiller & Lux and the Transformation of the Far West, 1850-1920$
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David Igler

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520226586

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520226586.001.0001

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Unreconstructed Cowboys in an Industrial Nation

Unreconstructed Cowboys in an Industrial Nation

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(p.179) Conclusion Unreconstructed Cowboys in an Industrial Nation
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Industrial Cowboys
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David Igler

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520226586.003.0008

This chapter begins by describing the final years of Henry Miller's life, and then explains that after his death, the company entered a steady decline from which it would not recover. Next it discusses the family's bitter legal battle over the estate and how it disappointed Miller. The chapter also explains that Miller and Lux symbolized a crucial component of a broader industrial society which transformed the region and the nation during the late nineteenth century. Next, it notes that by recognizing that far-western firms such as Miller and Lux operated at the heart of this transition, industrialism can be realized as a historical process which enveloped an entire nation and contained important regional contingencies. The chapter then explains that the fall of the company symbolized broader changes to the region and nation. Lastly, it highlights that wealth and power remained with those who could engineer the landscape and temporarily elude the environmental and social consequences.

Keywords:   Henry Miller, legal battles, industrial society, far-western firms, industrialism

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