The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 75, July 1971 - April, 1972 Page: 523
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JIM B. PEARSON, Editor
The Frontier Challenge: Responses to the Trans-Mississippi West.
Edited by John G. Clark. (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas,
1971. Pp. vii+3o7. $1o.oo.)
The ten essays in this volume constituted in their original form
the basic program at a conference on the history of the Trans-
Mississippi West at the University of Kansas in 1969 honoring the
late George L. Anderson. For the printed version, John G. Clark
has provided a brief introduction. The essays consist of an analysis
of the urban frontier of the Far West by Earl Pomeroy; an account
of Spanish Americans in the Southwest during the second half of the
nineteenth century by Rodman W. Paul; a paper on the rise of
the salmon-canning industry of the Northwest by Vernon Carstensen;
an appraisal of official Indian policy in the 1840's by Francis Paul
Prucha; an analysis of Stephen A. Douglas' concept of American
mission by Robert W. Johannsen; a study of Indian allotments pre-
ceding the Dawes Act by Paul W. Gates; an account of squaw men
on the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache reservation by William T.
Hagan; a study of some of the dimensions of the Kansas search
for capital, 1865-1893, by Allan G. Bogue; an essay on English
migration to Kansas, 1865-189o, by Oscar O. Winther; and a study
by George L. Anderson of the interrelationships and significance of
banks, mails, and rails, 188o-g 195.
As a whole, the essays achieve a greater unity and a much higher
level of value than ordinarily result from such a project. All repre-
sent the work of distinguished scholars, and all demonstrate a great
deal of study and thought on the part of their authors. By focussing
more on the development than on the beginnings of western society,
they emphasize periods and topics that have suffered neglect because
of preferential treatments of colorful, early-day episodes. Since four
of the essays concentrate on minority groups, three develop aspects
of industry and the search for capital, and the remaining three dis-
cuss urbanism, American values, and foreign migration to the area,
they deal with interpretations and issues that currently attract much
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