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Frederick Jackson Turner was an extremely influential US historian who is best known for his frontier thesis which proposed that American democracy was profoundly shaped by the existence of an undeveloped frontier area from the founding through the 1880s He originally put forth his idea in the essay The Significance of the Frontier in American History published just three years after the frontier was officially closed in 1890 He continued to elaborate on the frontier thesis as well as the influence of sectionalism and the uniue contributions of the Midwest to American democracy His theory and other writings are still debated by modern day historians This work The Frontier in American History collects a number of Turner's essays and speeches including The Significance of the Frontier in American History


10 thoughts on “The Frontier in American History

  1. says:

    Turner may be flawed and yes seriously overrated However his essays on the frontier are pivotal in understanding the evolution of both the field of history and of the American identity in general The Frontier Thesis is one of the first manifests of the idea of American Exceptionalism He is also one of the first to consider the environment and geographical sectionalism as a characterizing force Understanding Turner is the first step in understanding many works of history and understanding the path of American society I highly recommend checking out Henry Nash Smith's Virgin Land One of the Founders of the Myth and Symbols School after reading this book because he explains how it is not necessarily important that Turner is or was right but rather that people believed that he was correct


  2. says:

    I really tried to like this book but it was too lackluster and boring I wouldn't bother with it


  3. says:

    These essays try to convey how the frontier drove American history and shaped it Unfortunately it starts with the premise that since Americans saw the West as free land to be occupied you can imagine that not much thought was given to the Native peoples living there since they were savages and Americans were obviously civilized It only got worse from then onChaptersThe Significance of the Frontier in American HistoryThe Problem of the WestThe Significance of the Mississippi Valley in American HistorySocial Forces in American History


  4. says:

    College reads


  5. says:

    As history Turner's work can be a bit thin factually speaking As a read it is lively and interesting As an idea however it's incredibly permeating so that even as you acknowledge the past century of criticism against its prioritization of males or Euro centrism you can't help but begin to see the hand of the frontier everywhere in contemporary America It becomes difficult to not read American culture in terms of the pioneer mythos that so shaped it through the first several hundred years of European habitation; and in this respect Turner's thesis is perhaps most valuable as evidence rather than explication of the continued sway of the frontier


  6. says:

    This book is rightly a seminal American history Turner relates the histories of the American frontiers from the thirteen colonies to the settling of what he calls the Middle West or what we call today the American Midwest and describes the populations settling national and local economy and politics of and the resulting reasons for each frontier He gives us a picture of the nation in context at each frontier in a fairly small sized book somehow It is not necessarily a uick read though The book is not large but he refers at least for my knowledge of American history to just enough contemporaries of their historic times American thinkers popular personalities political parties or movements and whom I did not know that I was glad to always have my computer handy as I read Too Turner is here on and elsewhere online accused of being racist Turner does not tell the history of races other than white European descent Americans on the frontiers though I do not believe he does so with malice He was a man of his time We know today that the Native American African American various Asian the Catholic etc populations who also settled in each of these frontiers whose stories are omitted have their own uniue histories that once told clarify each frontier's true history Too he is accused of being paternalistic in his perspective and in fact he is at times but again I do not believe he does so out of malice Having said this yes these omissions make his historical account incomplete and ideally histories we publish today fills in his and others' gapsI caution two things History bears repeating and so he is a bit repetitive but once the reader keeps in mind that this book is actually a compilation of papers articles and speeches given over a twenty two year period some of which touch on the same histories you can appreciate why he is repetitive at all The other thing is that it is handy to have a computer or smart device nearby as you read his book to be able to look up the occasional now obscure historical referenceI am really grateful for having discovered and read this book because he imparts the history of our nation's first frontiers in context and really not too long after they happened He's aware of this even and his appreciation and ability to understand as he wrote just how young the nation was during his lifetime adds to the history's poignancy I recommend this book for what it is and forgive it for what it is not by our standards today


  7. says:

    This essay was assigned for AP American History at Maine Twp HS South and was used along with essays by other authors pro and con to begin a discussion about the American character and what is popularly known as the Turner Thesis


  8. says:

    I really enjoyed this essay particularly as I had just finished The Crisis by Winston Churchill not that one  The idea of the impact of living in a partially civilized environment I use the term advisedly as I'm aware of its implications re civilization vs savagery and the normative implications inherent therein nonetheless it's the terminology of the author and the dominant paradigm through which most Americans I think see the history of westward expansion in US history on the broader development of Americanness is I'm sure not a new one  After all the essay was written over 100 years ago But it did have several insights that struck me as novel and important namely the advance of different levels of development at different rates hunters traders adventurers ranchers farmers etc and the various levels of social order that each necessitated and developed  I would have liked to see the author put flesh on many of the ideas alluded to in this short piece including the backward influence of the frontier institutions on the established parts of the country and especially on Europe I also would like to read about the relationship between territorial expansion of the United States and religious missionary activity  Could this be a reason for the relatively expansionistmillennarian tendencies in American as opposed to Old World Christianity?  Just a conjectureAt any rate a paper that gets you thinking about all kinds of interesting connections this feels like it could have been published in a sociology journal within the past ten years  Says the guy who definitely does not read sociology journals  But it does sound remarkably contemporary to my ear  I enjoyed it a great deal


  9. says:

    A seminal work in American historical research Turner's view is controversial today It certainly was affirmed by the vast majority of Americans when initially published but we're in the America has problems era where all that has passed is subject to second guessing Turner's view is easily defended by one's own experience and the experience of the country We Americans have always maintained the attitude that space is available somewhere for us to expand or to begin again or to start our lives over It's a fact Turner only verifies this feeling through research Those who denigrate Turner's thesis see nothing special in America from any other country the frontier has had no effect on it Bull


  10. says:

    Yes Turner's America consists of white men being manly and doing manly things But his perspective has given Western historians something to fight over for about a century His collection of essay really gave rise not only to Western history itself but to the importance of geography and environmental histories and to post structuralist histories of nostalgia and storytelling to which modern historians owe a debt Dropping the serious face now