Author: Martin Ridge, Elizabeth A.H. John, Alvin M. Josephy, Howard R. Lamar, Kevin Starr, and George Miles. Preface by John B. Hench
Publisher: American Antiquarian Society, Worcester
Description: Softcover. 166 pages.
Condition: Covers show some light shelf wear.
Dust Jacket: None as published.
Contents: In 1890 the Superintendent of the Census found it was no longer possible to draw a line to mark the frontier in the American West. Historian Frederick Jackson Turner used the occasion of that bureaucratic's announcement to undertake his analysis of the defining role that the frontier had played in the making of American society and institutions, in his famous paper "The Significance of the Frontier in American History" in 1893. A century later, the Turner thesis is being subjected to intense revision by scholars, many of whom view the history of the frontier and of the West through the prism of gender, race, ethnicity, and class, or from an environmental perspective. The contributors to this collection, which was derived from a 1991 symposium sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society, offer their views on the American West. Covers the following:
Frederick Jackson Turner and His Ghost: The Writing of Western History - Martin Ridge
A View from the Spanish Borderlands - Elizabeth A.H. John
The Continuity Between the Old West and the New - Alvin M Josephy, Jr.
Commentary - Howard R. Lamar
A Response: Moving Beyond the Turner Thesis - Kevin Starr
"Go West and Grow Up With the Country": An Exhibition of Nineteenth-Century Guides to the American West in the Collection of the American Antiquarian Society - George Miles.