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Unreconstructed Cowboys in an Industrial Nation

David Igler

in Industrial Cowboys

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780520226586
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938939 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520226586.003.0008
Unreconstructed Cowboys in an Industrial Nation

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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

Chapter.  2072 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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