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Across This Land: A Regional Geography of the United States and Canada

By: John C Hudson

480 pages, 196 Illus

Johns Hopkins University Press

Paperback | Mar 2002 | #128287 | ISBN: 0801865670
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A comprehensive regional geography of the North American continent. Clearly organized, the book divides the entire United States and Canada into six major regions, then further subdivides them into twelve smaller areas. Hudson emphasizes each region or area's distinguishing place-specific attributes, including - to a larger degree than previous regional geographies - political considerations. In this way, the book tells the story of each region, relying on a brisk narrative that reveals the dynamic processes of their distinctive characteristics. The book is intended as a standard text for geography courses dealing with Canada and the US, as well as a popular reference work for scholars, students and lay readers.

This fact-packed, well-organized and felicitously written book goes miles beyond the mere recitation of state capitals. Drawing upon his nearly 30 years of teaching university-level geography, Hudson offers a comprehensive history of the geological, agricultural, topographical, industrial, social and political development of the United States and Canada. Northwestern The delicious historical details are interspersed with sweeping generalizations that capture the essence of each region and sub-region... It's such good reading and such a valuable resource that Across This Land is an essential book in the personal library of any well-read American or Canadian. -- Russell S. Kirby Wisconsin Magazine of History A well-written story of a land and people, enhanced by photographs taken over a 20-year period. The narrative is tied to a series of fascinating and uncluttered maps, which enable readers to relate place and circumstance... This regional study of the geography of North America is as comprehensive as it is excellent. Choice A readable and informative volume that is not limited to one phase of geography, but which includes the physical, historical, economic, human, and political aspects of the topic. American Reference Books Annual Extensive emphasis on the history and politics of each region makes it unique and outstanding. The book offers a new direction for teaching the regional geography of the United States and Canada. -- James C. Saku American Review of Canadian Studies 2003 An elegantly written and concise regional geography... The result accomplishes the best intent of regional geography-to shape the character of the whole through careful description of its parts. -- Michael Steiner Annals of Iowa 2003


Contents: List of Maps Preface References PART I: Atlantic Canada and Quebec Chapter 1: Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter 2: Quebec Chapter 3: Maritimes PART II: The Northeast Chapter 4: New England Chapter 5: New York and Ontario Chapter 6: The Middle Atlantic PART III: The Upland South Chapter 7: The Southern Appalachians Chapter 8: The Interior Low Plateaus Chapter 9: The Ozarks and the Ouachitas PART IV: The Lowland South Chapter 10: The Southeastern Piedmont and the Coastal Plain Chapter 11: The Florida Peninsula Chapter 12: The Gulf Coastal Plain and the Alluvial PART V: The Middle West Chapter 13: The Corn Belt Chapter 14: The Lower Great Lakes PART VI: Prairies and Plains Chapter 15: Texas and the Southern Plains Chapter 16: The Prairie Wheat Lands PART VII: The Western Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains Chapter 17: The Southern Rocky Mountains and the High Plains Chapter 18: The Missouri Plateau PART VIII: The Intermountain West Chapter 19: The Northern Rocky Mountains and the Columbia-Snake Plateau Chapter 20: The Great Basin Chapter 21: The Colorado Plateau and the Desert Southwest PART IX: The North Chapter 22: The Upper Great Lakes Chapter 23: The Canadian Shield Chapter 24: The Far North PART X: The Pacific Realm Chapter 25: The Pacific Northwest Chapter 26: California Chapter 27: Hawaii

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John C. Hudson is a professor of geography and director of the Program in Environmental Sciences at Northwestern University and the first recipient of the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize for popular books in American human geography, awarded by the Association of American Geographers.

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