Names on the Land: A Historical Account of Place-naming in the United States

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New York Review of Books, 2008 - Всего страниц: 511
George R. Stewart’s classic study of place-naming in the United States was written during World War II as a tribute to the varied heritage of the nation’s peoples. More than half a century later, Names on the Land remains the authoritative source on its subject, while Stewart’s intimate knowledge of America and love of anecdote make his book a unique and delightful window on American history and social life.

Names on the Land is a fascinating and fantastically detailed panorama of language in action. Stewart opens with the first European names in what would later be the United States—Ponce de Le n’s flowery Flor da, Cort s’s semi-mythical isle of California, and the red Rio Colorado—before going on to explore New England, New Amsterdam, and New Sweden, the French and the Russian legacies, and the unlikely contributions of everybody from border ruffians to Boston Brahmins. These lively pages examine where and why Indian names were likely to be retained; nineteenth-century fads that gave rise to dozens of Troys and Athens and to suburban Parksides, Brookmonts, and Woodcrest Manors; and deep and enduring mysteries such as why “Arkansas” is Arkansaw, except of course when it isn’t.

Names on the Land will engage anyone who has ever wondered at the curious names scattered across the American map. Stewart’s answer is always a story—one of the countless stories that lie behind the rich and strange diversity of the USA.
 

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Review: Names on the Land: A Historical Account of Place-Naming in the United States

Пользовательский отзыв  - Lawrence A - Goodreads

Entertaining and edifying history of the historical processes at work in the naming of places in the United States. Now perhaps we can convert Wyoming back into a territory? Читать весь отзыв

Review: Names on the Land: A Historical Account of Place-Naming in the United States

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A) Contrary to the promise of the title, this book is not in the least a dry read. B) It's a real history, not just a hodgepodge of curious anecdotes, and provides a unique window into American cultural evolution. C) Stewart has a delightful sense of humor and a sharp eye for euphony. Читать весь отзыв

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Of what is attempted in this book
3
How the first Spaniards gave names ii
11
Of English Spanish and French in the same years
20
How the Massachusetts General Court dealt with names
44
How the people began to give names
57
How names were symbols of empire
67
How the Spaniards named another kingdom
95
How the names became more English and less English
108
How the tradition of the States was broken
285
Of the cities of the Fifties
289
How they fought again
295
How Congress took over
301
Of the last flourishing
314
Change the name of ArkansasNever
335
Of rules and regulations
340
Flavor of California
346

Of a pause between wars
149
How the LeatherJackets rode north
156
Of new names in the Land
162
America discovers Columbus
169
Of ancient glory renewed
181
Of the new nation
188
Yankee flavor
205
T Of Mr Jeffersons western lands
215
Flavor of the New South
250
Melodrama in the Forties
252
Ye say they all have passed away
270
Of modern methods
353
Cause célèbre
364
Unfinished business
372
Heritage
381
Alaska
386
Hawaii
412
Current affairs19441958
423
Authors Postscript
439
Notes and references
442
Index
483
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George R. Stewart (1895--1980) was born in Pennsylvania and educated at Princeton. He received his Ph.D. in English literature from Columbia University in 1922, and joined the English faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1924. He was a toponymist, founding member of the American Name Society, and a prolific and highly successful writer of novels and of popular nonfiction, especially dealing with U.S. history and with the American West.

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