Once considered the "Metropolis of Arizona," Tucson is in many respects a college town with a major military base onto which a retirement community has been grafted. A sprawling city of one million in the Sonoran Desert, Tucson was developed during and especially for the second half of the 20th century, a reality which has left it possibly unprepared for the challenges of the 21st century.
Tracing the remarkable history of Tucson since 1854, this book describes many aspects of the communityits ceremonies and customs, its early bitter battle to secure the University of Arizona, its multitude of problems, its noteworthy successes and its racial divides. The recollections of those who have made Tucson such a memorable place are included, from political leaders to celebrities to ordinary residents.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Since 1995, David Devine has been researching and writing about the history of Tucson, where he lives, and Southern Arizona. He contributed numerous articles to the Tucson Weekly and wrote five Smoke Signal monographs for the Tucson Corral of the Westerners.
Table of Contents
1 Railroad Jubilation to Economic Recession, 1854-1890 5
2 A Diverse and Often Divided Community, 1890-1900 19
3 Tossing the Mayor, 1900-1910 32
4 Statehood, the "White Plague," and a Serious Census Setback, 1910-1922 46
5 Aviation and Athletic Accomplishments, 1920-1930 61
6 Tough Times, Discrimination, and Subways, 1930-1940 76
7 War, Growth, and Entertainment, 1940-1950 91
8 Ever Increasing Expansion, 1950-1960 105
9 Crime, Downtown Decline, and Urban Highways, 1960-1970 121
10 Social Change Mixed with Political Turmoil, 1970-1980 138
11 TCE/AIDS/TEP, 1980-1990 163
12 Sports Highlights and Water Lowlights, 1990-2000 188
13 Economic Decline but Transportation Improvements, 2000-2010 213
14 Shootings and Squabbles, 2010-2014 239
Chapter Notes 263