American Frontier and Western Issues: A Historiographical Review

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opportunity to move toward the head of that column of researchers and teachers working to bring an understanding of the national past.

The essays presented here, then, show the variety, strength, and originality being demonstrated by some frontier and Western historians. Surely not all of them are doing studies of this nature, but the examples offered in these chapters should provide stimulation to some and targets for emulation to others. It is long past time to stop lamenting the downfall of Western history. Instead, scholars need to claim the excitement and wealth of new ideas and techniques that the contributors present and to serve notice of the vast potential that frontier and Western issues offer to all American historians.


NOTES
1.
Mississippi Valley Historical Review 50 ( March 1964): 685.
2.
Pacific Historical Review 53 ( November 1984): 493.
3.
Western Historical Quarterly 1 ( January 1970): 119.
4.
Rodman W. Paul and Michael P. Malone, "Tradition and Challenge in Western Historiography," Western Historical Quarterly 16 ( January 1985): 27-53.
5.
Gene M. Gressley, "Whither Western American History? Speculations on a Direction," Pacific Historical Review 53 ( November 1984): 493-501.
6.
Ralph Mann, "Frontier Opportunity and the New Social History," Pacific Historical Review 53 ( November 1984): 463-91.
7.
Ibid., p. 475.

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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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