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By Herbert Eugene Bolton, John Francis Bannon

Within the early years of the 20th century, Herbert Eugene Bolton spread out a brand new sector of analysis in American background: the Spanish Borderlands. His study took him to the information of Mexico, the place he came across a wealth of unpublished, even unknown, fabric that shed new gentle at the early historical past of North the USA, really the yankee Southwest. The seventeen essays during this publication, edited by way of John Francis Bannon, illustrate the significance of his contributions to American historiography and supply a superb starting place for college students of Borderlands heritage.

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Hale and hardy still, clear-headed and energetic as he was, retirement was difficult. To be sure, there were projects aplenty which had been pushed aside in late years and which could now be given full attention. But Bolton was restless. Something was missing. When it was all added up, the answer became clear. D. candidates at the "round table" in the familiar seminar room in the library. He could and did meet many of these last informally, to help them complete research projects begun under his direction.

If such criteria, among others which could be marshaled, have any validity as measures of "greatness," then Bolton deserves such rating, for on all these counts he stands high in the history of American historical scholarship. He opened the field of the Borderlands to broadened research, a field which had been relatively little worked before him. His own bibliography and that of the men he inspired are most impressive. And possibly only one other American historian, his own first master, Frederick Jackson Turner, has been the center of as much controversy.

S and went off to carry this fresh approach to American history far beyond the confines of California. In 1932, Bolton was president of the American Historical Association. That December, to the Association holding its annual meeting in Toronto, he delivered his presidential address. He entitled the address "The Epic of Greater America"it was "History 8ab" compressed into several dozen pages. In spots his enthusiasm for his theme betrayed him into statements which he did not have the time to qualify and which opened his ideas to misinterpretation.

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