Las Vegas Term Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

Las Vegas
This paper explores the contradictions surrounding Las Vegas both as a tourist site and as a permanent community.
# 118428 | 1,879 words | 15 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jan 29, 2010 in Sociology (General) , Criminology (General) , Tourism (General)

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The paper considers the history of Las Vegas, and the social and economic contradictions of the city. The paper addresses the difference between the city's religious foundation and the vast gambling and sex industry that has arisen, the contradiction between the legalization of gambling and the criminals that underpin the legalizations and finally, the vast wealth which the casinos and hotels gain from this industry, in contrast to the poverty afflicting many residents of the city.


From the Paper:

"Even the origins of the city reveal the great incongruity in its position: while the first settlers in the area were Paleo-indians, the Anasazi, who arrived in the Las Vegas area hundreds of years before the white settlers, leaving pictures in the sand, and other features "The 'Lost City' are ruins of the Anasazi community that can be found in Overton, Nevada." However, few websites acknowledge this history, and white settlers are generally credited as the first to 'discover' Las Vegas (See for example "Vegas History" at Visit Las Vegas). Despite the fact that the original discoverers were Mexican and Spanish, the first European settlers in the area now known as Las Vegas were Mormons. Arriving in the middle of the 1850's. the Mormons established a fort in the area which would later emerge as the center of modern-day Las Vegas in order to "Convert the nomadic Southern Paiute Indians to Mormonism and teach them new farming techniques...The Mormons wanted to establish a half-way station in the valley for travelers between Salt Lake City and the Pacific Coast" (National Park Service "The Old Mormon Fort" 2007). Comparisons with modern day Las Vegas may demonstrate the contradictions between the foundation of the city and its current incarnation, as modern Las Vegas is also a place in the Valley for travelers, now brought here by the promise of earthly riches, rather than as a stopping place in the journey between religious settlements."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Experience: Las Vegas: An Unconventional History (2005) "People and Events" http.//
  • "Guy McAfee"
  • Briggs, Newt, and Kiraly, Andrew (2004) "Enough is Enough" Los Vegas Mercury 14 October 2004
  • City of Las Vegas (2007) "History"
  • City (2002) "Las Vegas Crime Statistics (NV)"

Cite this Term Paper:

APA Format

Las Vegas (2010, January 29) Retrieved August 15, 2022, from

MLA Format

"Las Vegas" 29 January 2010. Web. 15 August. 2022. <>