By Clyde A. Milner
In 1893, Fredrick Jackson Turner released his progressive essay, "The value of the Frontier in American History." A century later, a few of the country's so much leading edge students of Western heritage assembled at a convention at Utah country college lower than the path of historian Clyde A. Milner II. the following they brought essays intended to map the fascinating new territory opened lately within the background of the West. amassing the easiest of those essays, this assortment goals to provide a compelling review of the latest Western historiography. The entries comprise William Deverell at the value of the West in American historical past; 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 through commentaries written through different best students, and the eminent historian Allan G. Bogue provides a penetrating creation.
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Hawgood, America's Western Frontiers: The Exploration and Settlement of the Trans-Mississippi West (New York, 1967). 43. Gerald D. , 1973), 2. Michael P. Malone and Richard W. Etulain, The American West: A Twentieth-Century History (Lincoln, 1989), provides an eclectic alternative. 44. Richard White, "It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own ": A New History 28 • A NEW SIGNIFICANCE of the American West (Norman, 1991), 4. Depending on the other reading assigned, Patricia Nelson Limerick, The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West (New York, 1987), might also serve as a text.
To read Frederick Jackson Turner's correspondence, to trace his daily routines, and to try to rethink his thoughts is to relive much of our own experience. His was the generation that established modern academic history—its interaction with administrators, its sense that graduate instruction and research are more important than undergraduate teaching, and its understanding that offers of jobs power the academic escalator. At the institutional level, the history of the West was also a weapon in a contest for regional educational hegemony that reflected the booming, developmental aspirations of western educators.
1922). 18. John M. Gaus, "Lecture Notes," February-June 1920, Turner Papers, University of Wisconsin Archives. 19. , 29 March, 5 May 1920. 20. Turner, The Frontier in American History, 19; Gaus, "Notes," 14 May 1920; Turner and Merk, List of References, 7-12. Turner's role as an adviser of women graduate students and his views on their place in the history teaching profession will be considered in another publication. 21. Gaus, "Notes," 14 May 1920. 26 • A NEW SIGNIFICANCE 22. , 19, 24 May 1920.