Nevada is definitely not part of the Ozark or Appalachian region, so there is not a lot to say about this chapter, either. The mining in Nevada was never as pervasive or disruptive as in Appalachia, and Nevada’s culture was never as distinctive as the Ozarks’. The only paralled that might at all be appropriate is that Nevada was originally part of the Utah Territory, which was controlled by Mormons, who were (and still are) really conservative, so it might be considered that Nevada used to be really conservative, like the Ozarks and Appalachia. In fact, the reason Nevada was brought into statehood was because Lincoln thought it was a good idea to have two more Republican representatives. Until 1913, Nevada was overwhelmingly Republican, but since then it’s been pretty evenly split between Republicans and Democrats.
Senator Pat McCarran (D)
Pat McCarran was a Democrat Senator from Nevada from 1933 to 1954. He was famous for his hatred and persecution of Communists, much like Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy. The Las Vegas airport is named after Pat McCarran.
Information from http://www.answers.com/topic/nevada
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