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A Society to Match the Scenery: Personal Visions of the by Gary Holthaus, Charles F. Wilkinson, University Of Colorado

By Gary Holthaus, Charles F. Wilkinson, University Of Colorado

The results of amazing meetings held by way 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 yank West from the various region’s such a lot proficient writers, activists, politicians, attorneys, poets, reporters, environmentalists, and historians. occasionally in contract, occasionally in rivalry, those considerate and artistic voices aid us to work out the West in all its advanced variety and remind us that this decade is one within which possibilities might be learned 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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She created a bowl. The woman found other clay balls and put them inside the bowl. She had an idea of making dolls for her children, small clay figurines that she would let dry in the sun. Once again, she stopped walking and sat in the sand to work. She split each clay ball in two, which meant she had six small pieces to mold out of three balls she had found. One by one, tiny shapes took form.

Each citizen should participate in self-government and hasten the time when no government will be required whatsoever. My agrarian state would revolutionize itself every twenty years, either through peaceful constitutional revision or armed rebellion. "I like a little rebellion now and then," I wrote. "6 Let me say, finally, that my most important doctrine was written in a letter to Mr. Madison from Paris in during my five years as the American minister there. "7The dead have no right to impose their vision on the future.

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.

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