Speaker:

Barton H. Barbour

A New “Take” on Jedediah S. Smith

Drawing on research materials he gathered to write a book-length biography of Jedediah S. Smith, Dr. Babour offers a new “take” on Smith. Barbour’s interpretation of Smith’s life experiences differ substantially from that of his great early biographers, Maurice Sullivan and Dale Morgan, whose books appeared well over fifty years ago. New documentary materials bearing upon Smith, and “modern” interpretative frameworks, called for a re-thinking of Smith and his “meaning” in Western US history
Drawing on research materials he gathered to write a book-length biography of Jedediah S. Smith, Dr. Babour offers a new “take” on Smith. Barbour’s interpretation of Smith’s life experiences differ substantially from that of his great early biographers, Maurice Sullivan and Dale Morgan, whose books appeared well over fifty years ago. New documentary materials bearing upon Smith, and “modern” interpretative frameworks, called for a re-thinking of Smith and his “meaning” in Western US history.