Legacy of Conquest/The American West
An 8 page book review on Patricia Limerick's history analysis, The Legacy of Conquest. In this book, Limerick presents a persuasive argument that disagrees with the popular conceptualization of the history of the American West. First of all, Limerick disagrees with the idea that 1890 constitutes a clear demarcation line between the nineteenth century frontier era and the modern age. She questions this "chronological line between the frontier and the modern West," as rather arbitrary and primarily motivated by the myth of the West, rather than its reality (Limerick 81). According to Limerick, popular American mythology clouds how both scholars and ordinary citizens perceive the topic of the nineteenth century frontier. No additional sources cited.