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By Clyde A. Milner

ISBN-10: 0195100476

ISBN-13: 9780195100471

ISBN-10: 1423740726

ISBN-13: 9781423740728

In 1893, Fredrick Jackson Turner released his progressive essay, "The value of the Frontier in American History." A century later, a number of the country's such a lot leading edge students of Western historical past assembled at a convention at Utah nation college less than the course of historian Clyde A. Milner II. the following they introduced essays intended to map the intriguing new territory opened lately within the background of the West. accumulating the simplest of those essays, this assortment goals to provide a compelling evaluation of the latest Western historiography. The entries comprise William Deverell at the importance of the West in American heritage; David Guti?rrez on Mexican americans; Susan Rhodes Neel on nature and the surroundings; Gail M. Nomura on Asia and Asian american citizens; Anne F. Hyde on cultural perceptions; David wealthy Lewis on local americans; Susan Lee Johnson on males, ladies, and gender; and Qunitard Taylor on race and African-Americans. each one essay is observed through commentaries written by means of different best students, and the eminent historian Allan G. Bogue offers a penetrating creation.

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The region offers hard lessons about the indiscriminate use of power as land- and gold-hungry Anglo Americans became the shock troops of a nation flexing its imperial muscles. The West witnessed all those legal, militaristic, and ideological constructs and institutions that made possible and glorified the continental stretch to full length. 18 Again, significance lies in blunt ugliness, expressed as tales we only recently seem to think of as important. 19 Fond stereotypes of western meaning and history—such as "national fulfillment" and "Manifest Destiny"—remain alive and well for obvious, intuitive reasons.

Although they might have WESTERN HISTORrs FIRST CENTURY • 17 emphasized such matters more, these authors did not picture the westward movement as a process of unalloyed progress and development. At the end of the 1960s, writers of western texts began to break new ground, to innovate. From a background in American studies, Kent L. " But it was Robert V. Hine who most clearly showed the influence of American studies, writing in 1973 of a West that was "part economic and social fact, part myth" and that "had a history peculiarly revised by dream," a place of "native races" and "motley actors .

Shared facility with words notwithstanding, screenwriters and historians do not usually share the same West. But Reno Smith's quick recital of critical frames of western historical analysis did a remarkable thing: it smartly captured, in a few concise sentences, the concerns of this major subfleld of the American historical enterprise. Even though Hollywood has never lost its fascination with the West, such cinematic simplifying would today be impossible. Outside of an actlong soliloquy or a tedious interview, it is hard to imagine a film figure doing justice to the field's wide-ranging concerns.

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