The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969 Page: 423
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Herbert Eugene Bolton as a Writer of Local History
West created scholarships for work in the archives of Mexico and
The career of Herbert Eugene Bolton was an active refutation of
the disrepute often surrounding local history. Arthur P. Whitaker,
who did not agree with Bolton's ideas about the history of the Amer-
icas, saw rather more clearly than other critics the position of local
history in his syntheses, and remarked that his "talent for grasping
the larger significance of local history has set a high standard for
scholars engaged in that kind of work.""
Analyists have described Bolton as a sectional historian, albeit exhib-
iting "the determination to avoid a parochial or a provincial point of
view. . . ."" Others have regarded him as the savior whose broad
vision released "American historiography from the provincial bonds
of a narrowly nationalistic approach."" In actuality there exists no
dichotomy in the career of Bolton. He had no "local period" per se,
nor a time when he was "emancipated" from local history. The author
of "The Epic of Greater America" is the same historian who provided
"In the South San Joaquin ahead of Garc6s" to the Bakersfield Cali-
fornian." Both works are equally relevant to the understanding of his
"Herbert E. Bolton, "The Writing of California History," Grizzly Bear XIX (May,
47Arthur P. Whitaker, review of Wider Horizons of American History, in Mississippi
Valley Historical Review, XXVI (December, 1939), 460.
48Fulmer Mood, "Pacific Coast Influences and Historical Writing," Pacific Historical
Review, XI (June, 1942), 206.
4"Arthur S. Aiton, review of Wider Horizons of American History, in Southwestern
Historical Quarterly, XLIII (April, 1940), 535.
50Herbert E. Bolton, "In the South San Joaquin ahead of Garcis," first published in
the Bakersfield Californian, May 19-22, 1931; also in California Historical Society Quar-
terly, X (September, 1931), 211-219.
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