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.