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The Changing Role of Regional Communities
The changing role of regional communities

The United States is a big country. It did not complete its current shape until the 20th century, with the consolidation of its continental identity in 1912 (when Arizona was added to the roll of states) and the later additions of Alaska and Hawaii in 1959 and 1960. The different regions of the country thus have very different histories, both in terms of their settlement with European-origin populations and in terms of their incorporation in the country as a whole.

Although the shape was pretty much set, the various regions of the country had very different experiences even in the 20th century, changing them relative to each other. During the first half of this century, ...

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