American Frontier and Western Issues: A Historiographical Review

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status of frontier history through a review of the work of Frederick Jackson Turner.43 The book is an agreeable indicator that part of the frontier process for historians is a regular review of the regional perspective that the discipline projects as measured against the standards originally enunciated by Frederick Jackson Turner. Through this procedure, frontier historians have developed their sense of intellectual confidence about regional studies and have set their discipline on a strong foundation.

The impact of the introduction of clear strategies for frontier social history can be clearly seen in the recent literature. Prompted by concerns about definitions, language, emphasis, and perspective, trends in the scholarship changed direction and matured. Different frontier residents now tend to be the focus for research. Scholars look to the role of ethnics, the poor, and women on the frontier. The tone of language used about these peoples changed drastically too. The values attached to various frontier activities or communities have been readjusted. Scholars have enlarged on and intensified their own regional view.

The happy result of these forces, which occur in varying degrees in different publications, has been a bountiful harvest of frontier social history. The multiplication of topics carefully researched not only increases the literature, but also shows every indication of continuing to stimulate additional work by the profession. Frontier historians molded social history into a rich and viable aspect of the discipline. Frederick Jackson Turner, who only wanted a pleasant account of pioneer women, would undoubtedly be both astounded and delighted.


NOTES
1.
Ray Allen Billington, Frederick Jackson Turner: Historian, Scholar, Teacher ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1973), p. 491.
2.
Ibid.
3.
Ibid., pp. 491-92.
4.
Richard W. Etulain, "Shifting Interpretations of Western American Cultural History", in Michael P. Malone, ed., Historians and the American West ( Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983), pp. 418-19.
5.
Charles A. Beard and Mary Beard, The American Spirit: A Study of the Idea of Civilization in the United States ( New York: Macmillan, 1942), pp. 354-64; A. E. Whitehead , "William E. Borah", in Marie K. Hochmuth, ed., A History and Criticism of American Public Address ( New York: Russell and Russell, 1965), pp. 365-410; Vernon L. Parrington , Main Currents in American Thought: The Colonial Mind, 1620-1800 ( New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1927), pp. 139-50; Harvey Wish, Society and Thought in Early America: A Social and Intellectual History of the American People Through 1865 ( New York: David McKay, 1950), chapters 3 and 12.
6.
Jacques Barzun, "Cultural History as a Synthesis", in Fritz Stern, ed., The Varieties of History ( New York: Meridian, 1956), pp. 387-402.
7.
Ray Allen Billington, America's Frontier Heritage ( New York: Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1969), pp. 16-22; Billington, The Genesis of the Frontier Thesis: A Study in Historical Creativity ( San Marino, Calif.: The Huntington Library, 1971), pp. 173-77;

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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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