By Gary Holthaus, Charles F. Wilkinson, University Of Colorado
The results of extraordinary meetings held by means of the heart of the yankee West on the collage of Colorado, A Society to check the surroundings is a various selection of essays at the way forward for the yankee West from a few of the region’s such a lot proficient writers, activists, politicians, legal professionals, poets, newshounds, environmentalists, and historians. occasionally in contract, occasionally in competition, those considerate and artistic voices aid us to work out the West in all its complicated range and remind us that this decade is one during which possibilities should be discovered for a brand new and higher Western event. members to this quantity comprise Wallace Stegner, William Kittredge, Bruce Babbitt, Patricia Nelson Limerick, Terry Tempest Williams, Charles F. Wilkinson, Edward Dorn, and Walter Echo-Hawk, between many others.
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University of Colorado Chancellor James Corbridge joins Marston in this hope: "Our Western society calls out for a celebration of its distinctive contribution to American culture. By responding, the Western university will not, as some fear, diminish itself. " In a variety of projects, the Center of the American West aims to play its part in the reexploration of the American West, under way at the end of the second millennium and the beginning of the third. The tone and spirit of that reexploration are probably best captured in the essays here by William Kittredge and Wallace Stegner: a clear-eyed assessment of the achievements, losses, gains, errors, benefits, and injuries of the Western past, and an equally clear-eyed assessment of the prospects for the future.
Human relations with nature are, after all, only half of the riddle of Western American life; the other, necessary half of the riddle concerns relations among humans. As the participants of these symposia pointed out repeatedly, one of the West's most valuable resources is its people, with their wonderful diversity. By one habit of thought with a deep historical root system, that diversity is seen as a problemwhich indeed it sometimes has been. But a key part of the reexploration of the American West is the repicturing of that diversityas an opportunity, a chance to make everyday life an intellectual adventure, an occasion for the most down-to-earth and direct education.
3 So it is with pleasure that I turn from political issues to the West. I saw the West as the guarantor of American liberties, a buffer of security for a fledgling republic, a growing space for our national expansion to the thousandth generation, and a zone for the maintenance of a healthy political economy in the United States. What I want to talk about briefly today are three issues: Indians, revolution, and agriculture. When I purchased Louisiana somewhat reluctantly in 1803, I saw it as a means of keeping at arm's length all potential enemiesthe Spanish, the British, and the French.