By Clyde A. Milner
In 1893, Fredrick Jackson Turner released his innovative essay, "The importance of the Frontier in American History." A century later, the various country's such a lot leading edge students of Western historical past assembled at a convention at Utah nation college lower than the course of historian Clyde A. Milner II. the following they introduced essays intended to map the interesting new territory opened in recent times within the historical past of the West. amassing the simplest of those essays, this assortment goals to supply a compelling evaluate of the latest Western historiography. The entries contain William Deverell at the value of the West in American background; David Guti?rrez on Mexican americans; Susan Rhodes Neel on nature and the surroundings; Gail M. Nomura on Asia and Asian americans; Anne F. Hyde on cultural perceptions; David wealthy Lewis on local americans; Susan Lee Johnson on males, girls, and gender; and Qunitard Taylor on race and African-Americans. each one essay is observed via commentaries written by means of different most sensible students, and the eminent historian Allan G. Bogue offers a penetrating advent.
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1 Made in 1954, the film takes place in the California desert just after the end of the Second World War. Spencer Tracy's character John J. Macready, coolly investigating a murder, is unimpressed by Reno Smith's plaintive speech. But it is these words that I remembered when I began thinking about this essay. Somehow Smith succeeds in touching on some of western history's most important concepts. Spoken in cinematic sound bites, here are the organizing tools used by several generations of western scholars.
Frederick Jackson Turner, Outline Studies in the History of the Northwest (Chicago, 1888); Frederick Jackson Turner to William F. Allen, 16 January, 14 March 1889, Frederick Jackson Turner Papers, Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif. rly Writings of Frederick Jackson Turner, with an introduction by Fulmer Mood (Madison, 1938). Note WESTERN HISTORrS FIRST CENTURY • 25 the criticism of Hermann Von Hoist, a University of Chicago professor, in Frederick Jackson Turner, The Frontier in American History (New York, 1920), 24, and the bouquet tossed to Herbert B.
None of them have stood independent of the work of earlier scholars. They have, we suspect, been less responsible for romantic notions about the West than more popular writers. Significance of Western History In 1941, Samuel Eliot Morison, once a member of Turner's seminar, wrote: Turner's thesis served a very useful purpose. 45 Although ranging from regional psyches to the pragmatism of book topics, Morison left much unsaid. At its most elemental level, western history was the foundation on which a charismatic young scholar rose to eminence in a growing and professionalizing academic discipline.
A New Significance: Re-Envisioning the History of the American West by Clyde A. Milner