American Frontier and Western Issues: A Historiographical Review

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achieving statehood. Interesting comparable studies could be made of the prior government and state-making processes of these states and those that passed through the territorial period.

Since 1960 there has been a healthy expansion of research and writing on territorial history, government, and economics, yet the questions asked over the years by Western historians are still applicable today and answers are still needed.64 We are beginning to fashion an intricate portrayal of the growth of political, social, and economic institutions in the newly settled regions. Much remains to be done, however, and more data are necessary before we can provide depth and insight into the overall process and the operation of a successful imperial system. Territorial politics and history continues to be an interesting field of study peopled with fascinating men creating new states.


NOTES
1.
Robert F. Berkhofer Jr., "Jefferson, the Ordinance of 1784, and the Origins of the American Territorial System", William and Mary Quarterly 3d Ser. 29 ( April 1972): 231-62.
2.
Kent D. Richards, "Growth and Development of Government in the Far West: The Oregon Provisional Government, Jefferson Territory, Provisional and Territorial Nevada" ( Ph.D. diss. University of Wisconsin, 1966). On Oregon, see Robert J. Loewenberg , "Creating a Provisional Government in Oregon: A Revision", Pacific Northwest Quarterly 68 ( January 1977): 13-24; Richards, "The Methodists and the Formation of the Oregon Provisional Government", Pacific Northwest Quarterly 61 ( April 1970): 87- 93. See also B. Richard Burg, "Administration of Justice in the Denver People's Courts: 1859-1861", Journal of the West 7 ( October 1968): 510-21; Richards, "Washoe Territory: Rudimentary Government in Nevada", Arizona and the West 11 (Autumn 1969): 213-32; Ben Sacks, in Be It Enacted: The Creation of the Territory of Arizona ( Phoenix: Arizona Historical Foundation, 1964), discusses not only provisional governments, but also the problems of separating the area from New Mexico Territory.
3.
Jack E. Eblen, "Origins of the United States Colonial System: The Ordinance of 1787", Wisconsin Magazine of History 51 (Summer 1968): 294-314.
4.
John Porter Bloom, "The Continental Nation--Our Trinity of Revolutionary Testaments" Western Historical Quarterly 6 ( January 1975): 5-15.
5.
See also Joseph G. Smoot, "Freedom's Early Ring: The Northwest Ordinance and the American Union" ( Ph.D. diss., University of Kentucky, 1964).
6.
Earl Pomeroy, The Territories and the United States, 1861-1890 ( Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1947).
7.
Max Farrand, The Legislation of Congress for the Government of the Organized Territories of the United States, 1789-1895 ( Newark: W. A. Baker, 1896); William Wirt Blume and Elizabeth Gaspar Brown, Digests Pertaining to Development of Law and Legal Institutions in the Territories of the United States, 1787-1954 ( Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms, 1965).
8.
Clarence E. Carter, ed., The Territorial Papers of the United States, 26 vols. ( Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1932-62); John Porter Bloom, ed., TheTerritorial Papers of the United States

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vi
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • Notes 6
  • 2 - The Environment and the Frontier 7
  • Notes 21
  • 3 - Economic Development of the American West 27
  • Notes 42
  • 4 - Agriculture and Livestock Production 51
  • Notes 60
  • 5 - Frontier Urbanization 69
  • Notes 82
  • 6 - Frontier and Western Transportation 89
  • Notes 104
  • 7 - Mining Frontiers 109
  • Notes 124
  • 8 - Frontier Social History 131
  • Notes 144
  • 9 - Historians and Indians 149
  • Notes 169
  • 10 - Frontier Women 179
  • Notes 194
  • 11 - Ethnic Groups and the Frontier 199
  • Notes 211
  • 12 - Foreign Affairs and Expansion 217
  • Notes 229
  • 13 - Territorial Government 235
  • Notes 244
  • 14 - The Frontier Army 253
  • Notes 264
  • Sources and Repositories for Frontier and Western History 275
  • Index 279
  • About the Contributors 301
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