By Gary Holthaus, Charles F. Wilkinson, University Of Colorado
The results of outstanding meetings held through the heart of the yank West on the college of Colorado, A Society to check the surroundings is a various selection of essays at the way forward for the yankee West from the various region’s so much proficient writers, activists, politicians, attorneys, poets, newshounds, environmentalists, and historians. occasionally in contract, occasionally in rivalry, those considerate and artistic voices support us to work out the West in all its complicated range and remind us that this decade is one during which possibilities might be discovered for a brand new and higher Western adventure. individuals to this quantity contain 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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The human diversity of the West remains, however, a conversation waiting to happen. We have, heaven knows, enough to talk about; whatever our ethnic backgrounds, we share a set of environmental dilemmas, economic frustrations, and social tensions. Just as important, we have a treasure trove of compelling stories to tell each other, pooling the pieces and parts of a powerful regional history. We have, as well, a shared future to envisiona future in which both collaboration and conflict are likely prospects, depending on the choices we make together.
The old style of Western adventurethe pursuit of short-term profits in extractive industrieshas run its course. " As Stegner's invitation reminds us, Westerners have not run out of opportunities for courage and heroism. If, like Joseph Wood Krutch, the participants at the symposia in Boulder did not seem as "depressed" as one might have expected, then this surely is the reason. Closing the door on one variety of Western enterprise, a reckoning with the region's limits opens the door to a new, and better, Western adventure.
I admit that this proved to be more difficult to avoid in practice than in the rational vision of Monticello. Agriculture, it seems to me, is the only truly natural approach to life. I wrote only one book in my lifetime, Notes on Virginia, a set of responses to a series of queries put to me by the secretary of the French legation at Philadelphia. "4 Farmers are the chosen people of God for two reasons. First of all, as the physiocrats teach us, farmers produce the basic wealth of the nation. They cooperate with creation and bring forth bounty and give it freely to the larger good of their community.
A Society to Match the Scenery: Personal Visions of the Future of the American West by Gary Holthaus, Charles F. Wilkinson, University Of Colorado