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.