A New Significance: Re-Envisioning the History of the by Clyde A. Milner

By Clyde A. Milner

In 1893, Fredrick Jackson Turner released his innovative essay, "The value of the Frontier in American History." A century later, a number of the country's so much cutting edge students of Western heritage assembled at a convention at Utah nation collage below the course of historian Clyde A. Milner II. the following they introduced essays intended to map the interesting new territory opened in recent times within the historical past of the West. collecting the simplest of those essays, this assortment goals to supply a compelling evaluation of the most recent Western historiography. The entries comprise William Deverell at the value of the West in American heritage; David Guti?rrez on Mexican american citizens; Susan Rhodes Neel on nature and the surroundings; Gail M. Nomura on Asia and Asian american citizens; Anne F. Hyde on cultural perceptions; David wealthy Lewis on local americans; Susan Lee Johnson on males, ladies, and gender; and Qunitard Taylor on race and African-Americans. every one essay is observed via commentaries written by way of different most sensible students, and the eminent historian Allan G. Bogue offers a penetrating advent.

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The fullest account of Turner's emergence is provided by Ray Allen Billington, Frederick Jackson Turner: Historian, Scholar, Teacher (New York, 1973), 34-131. 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.

Steckmesser, The Westward Movement: A Short History (New York, 1969), v; Robert V. Hine, The American West: An Interpretive History (Boston, 1973), vii, 320, 334. 39. Richard A. Bartlett, The New Country: A Social History of the American Frontier, 1776-1890 (New York, 1974), vi, 448. 40. Arrell M. Gibson, The West in the Life of the Nation (Lexington, 1976), viii—ix. 41. Frederick Merk, History of the Westward Movement (New York, 1978), 616-17. 42. Cardinal Goodwin, The Trans-Mississippi West(l 803-1853): A History of Its Acquisition and Settlement (New York, 1922); Webb, The Great Plains; LeRoy R.

At the end of the 1960s, writers of western texts began to break new ground, to innovate. From a background in American studies, Kent L. " But it was Robert V. Hine who most clearly showed the influence of American studies, writing in 1973 of a West that was "part economic and social fact, part myth" and that "had a history peculiarly revised by dream," a place of "native races" and "motley actors . . " Hine made violence, the western hero, and community-building the subjects of separate chapters and dotted his text with revisionary evaluations.

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