By Clyde A. Milner
In 1893, Fredrick Jackson Turner released his innovative essay, "The value of the Frontier in American History." A century later, some of the country's so much cutting edge students of Western historical past assembled at a convention at Utah kingdom college below the course of historian Clyde A. Milner II. right here they introduced essays intended to map the interesting new territory opened in recent times within the background of the West. amassing the easiest of those essays, this assortment goals to supply a compelling review of the latest Western historiography. The entries contain William Deverell at the importance of the West in American heritage; David Guti?rrez on Mexican americans; 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 followed by means of commentaries written via different best students, and the eminent historian Allan G. Bogue provides a penetrating creation.
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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. It is a West demanding equal time from older understandings. Not a West of Currier and Ives orderliness, this is a place-process amalgam of a dangerous, threatening landscape and an equally scary drama in which people get squashed by the weight of a capitalist nation-state swapping industrial demands for corporate ones.
S. Bureau of Education, Circulars of Information, No. 1, 1887, 73—74, as cited in Holt, Historical Scholarship in the United States, 94 n. 1. 4. 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.
This truism has been molded into a popular understanding that the West—particularly the story of nineteenth-century frontiering—remains heroically detached from anywhere and anytime else in the nation and the nation's past. Companion to this "tyranny of the frontier" is a notion that the remote, heroicized West is itself more representative of national character than any other chronological or regional chapter in the text of popularized American history. These are troubling concepts to many western historians, scholars who argue that the West's sequential demographic catalog, with its familiar successive stages of explorer, trapper, settler, and on and on, hardly begins to tell the story.
A New Significance: Re-Envisioning the History of the American West by Clyde A. Milner