Historians of the American Frontier: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

Hardcover | December 1, 1988

EditorJohn R. Wunder

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As a group, American frontier historians have been uniquely influential within and beyond their profession. Frederick Jackson Turner in particular stands out, but many others in the field contributed theories, hypotheses, and pivotal works that have permanently altered American conceptions of history. This new reference is the first volume to provide comprehensive information on the most prominent historians of the frontier. Fully annotated, it presents individual analyses of more than 50 historical scholars who helped to shape research, writing, and critical thought on the American frontier and American history in general. Each chapter is prepared by a different specialist and includes a brief biography, a complete summary of articles and books, and a detailed analysis of the historian's work. Historians of the colonial, trans-Appalachian, and trans-Mississippi frontiers are represented together with scholars who were primarily concerned with agricultural history, the Spanish Borderlands, land policy, railroad history, Native American studies, or other specialized subject areas. A valuable resource for students and scholars working in American frontier history and related fields, this book is an appropriate selection for historical societies and academic and public libraries.

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As a group, American frontier historians have been uniquely influential within and beyond their profession. Frederick Jackson Turner in particular stands out, but many others in the field contributed theories, hypotheses, and pivotal works that have permanently altered American conceptions of history. This new reference is the first vo...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:827 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:December 1, 1988Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313248990

ISBN - 13:9780313248993

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.,."As in any multiauthored book, the chapters vary widely. Some deal with relatively minor people who made only minor contributions. Others discuss giants of the historical profession. Editor Wunder gave his contrbutors wide latitude. Generally the result is what one might have wanted. The essays give a clear discussion of where frontier history came from and what it accomplished through the careers under discussion. From the criticisms levedled by the chapter authors, it is clear that historians now consider different issues than did most of these deceased scholars. At the same time, the presenty collection is an excellent resource for people interested in American frontier history. The chapter bibliographies give a quick introduction to many topics the writers considered. The editor has made a valuable contribution to understanding how American history is written. This book helps its reader realize where many of the ideas we hold about the frontier originated."-The Western Historical Quarterly