Nevada has always been different from other states. Almost from its
beginning, Nevada sanctioned behaviors considered immoral elsewhere gambling, prize-fighting, brothels, easy divorce and embraced a culture of individualism and disdain for the constraints of more conventional society.
In The Making of Modern Nevada, author Hal Rothman focuses on the factors that shaped the states original maverick, colonial status and those
that later allowed it to emerge as the new standard of American consumer-ism and postmodern liberalism.