By Clyde A. Milner
In 1893, Fredrick Jackson Turner released his progressive essay, "The value of the Frontier in American History." A century later, the various country's such a lot cutting edge students of Western background assembled at a convention at Utah nation college lower than the course of historian Clyde A. Milner II. the following they introduced essays intended to map the intriguing new territory opened lately within the background of the West. amassing the easiest of those essays, this assortment goals to supply a compelling evaluation of the latest Western historiography. The entries comprise William Deverell at the importance of the West in American background; David Guti?rrez on Mexican american citizens; Susan Rhodes Neel on nature and the surroundings; Gail M. Nomura on Asia and Asian americans; Anne F. Hyde on cultural perceptions; David wealthy Lewis on local american citizens; Susan Lee Johnson on males, girls, and gender; and Qunitard Taylor on race and African-Americans. each one essay is observed by means of commentaries written through different best students, and the eminent historian Allan G. Bogue provides a penetrating advent.
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Extra resources for A New Significance: Re-Envisioning the History of the American West
Pronouncements of Frederick Jackson Turner. Either Powell was right, and democracy would die of western thirst, or Turner was right, and democracy and the West could exist symbiotically until that fabled frontier line disappeared from the maps. The frontier is demographically erased, or it is destroyed by land monopolies and giant corporate farms; either way the democracy factory shuts down. These darker images suggest a new West, the West of Populist fervor and passion, the West of Utopian escapism, the West of anarchic dreamers and socialist hopefuls and industrial saboteurs.
Spoken in cinematic sound bites, here are the organizing tools used by several generations of western scholars. The notion of an "old" and "wild" frontier West appears first, suggesting a boundary on the other side of which is the tame, new West. "We don't even have enough water," Smith laments, a blunt declaration of the West's arid barrier running north and south at the ninety-eighth meridian. Here too is the outpost colonial economy in which natural resources become valued commodities exchanged for eastern and foreign goods or cash.
See also Wilbur R. Jacobs, The Historical World of Frederick Jackson Turner with Selections from his Correspondence (New Haven, 1968). Note also Fulmer Mood, "The Development of Frederick Jackson Turner as a Historical Thinker," Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts: Transactions, 1937-1942 (Boston, 1943), 283-352. 5. University of Wisconsin, Catalogue, 1909-10, 173. 6. Billington, Frederick Jackson Turner, 135-36; University of Wisconsin, Catalogue, 1895-1896, 140. 7. University of Wisconsin, Catalogue, 1891-92 (Madison, 1891), 98; University of Wisconsin, Catalogue, 1892—93 (Madison, 1892), 62; University of Wisconsin, Catalogue, 1893—94 (Madison, 1893), 72; University of Wisconsin, Catalogue, 1895-96, 140.