By Gary Holthaus, Charles F. Wilkinson, University Of Colorado
The results of outstanding meetings held via the heart of the yank West on the collage of Colorado, A Society to check the surroundings is a various choice of essays at the way forward for the yank West from some of the region’s so much gifted writers, activists, politicians, legal professionals, poets, newshounds, environmentalists, and historians. occasionally in contract, occasionally in competition, those considerate and artistic voices support us to work out the West in all its advanced range and remind us that this decade is one during which possibilities should be learned for a brand new and higher Western event. individuals 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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I saw the West also as a possible solution to the ugly problem of slavery. It was clear that slavery was the plague of the American experiment, a taint in our national crusade of innocence. Unfortunately we were unable in my lifetime to emancipate our Negro brethren. But if we could at least keep slavery out of the West, I believed, the nation would eventually become a slaveless society, if only because the Western states were destined to grow more powerful in the political arena than the original federation.
Can we, in the late twentieth century, become genuine settlers, and not unsettlers, of this region? Mark Trahant says we need to learn to ask even harder questions. lie speaks as a journalist concerned that too many of his professional colleagues have been co-opted into celebrating, rather than carefully examining, what we call progress. He suggests that we distance ourselves from the process so that we can cast an appropriately critical eye upon it. " Page 10 Ed Marston calls upon universities in the region to develop expertise in regional issues, giving Westerners a place to turn for help in gathering and interpreting data on the region's problems.
On the morning of March 4, 1801, virtually alone, and unembarrassed by a military escort, I walked from the boarding house in which I was staying to the unfinished capitol building in our unfinished national capital on the Potomac. There I took out from my pocket a paper on which I had articulated my vision of America and readto a hushed gathering of well-wishers and legislatorsmy inaugural address. Unfortunately I mumbled, and was so little audible that no one in that chamber heard my vision of America except my Virginia cousin, John Marshall, the Supreme Court chief justice, and he did not like what he heard.
A Society to Match the Scenery: Personal Visions of the Future of the American West by Gary Holthaus, Charles F. Wilkinson, University Of Colorado