The emergence of western history as an important field of scholarship can best be traced to the famous paper frederick jackson turner delivered at a meeting of the american historical association in 1893 it was entitled the significance of the frontier in american history the turner thesis or frontier thesis, as his. Interactions we have moved beyond the turner thesis even though- truth be told -we still seldom employ definitional precision when we discuss the frontier but turner's ideas, and the counter-interpretations they have inspired, have caused a great outpouring of analytical effort to be focused on frontier religion as a result. The frontier thesis changed the way americans viewed their history irreparably its unique approach became the beginning of a tradition of american exception. Frederick jackson turner: regression and progress turner's frontier thesis quickly emerged as an incantation repeated in thousands of high school and college classrooms and textbooks: the existence of an area of free land, its continuous recession, and the advance of american settlement westward explain american. Two chief rivals of turner's frontier thesis-charles beard's theme of recurring economic conflict frederick jackson turner, the significance of the frontier in american history, in annual nity and regional focus of the new social science-oriented history has revived inter- est in turner's arguments 13.
Discover librarian-selected research resources on frederick jackson turner from the questia online library, including full-text online books, academic journals, magazines, newspapers and more at first he taught rhetoric and oratory but turned to us history, soon focusing on western history his doctoral dissertation. Review by: stefano luconi, university of florence, italy since frederick jackson turner elaborated his well-know “frontier thesis” over a century ago (turner 1894 ), the idea of the frontier has acquired a number of ideological implications in the focus on historiographical reassessments louis billington and david brown. The frontier thesis or turner thesis is the conclusion of frederick jackson turner that the wellsprings of american character and vitality have always been the american frontier, the region between civilized society and the untamed wilderness in the thesis, the frontier created freedom, breaking the bonds.
Rejecting the notion of frontier altogether, new historians suggested a rewriting of the western past that focused on the west as a region, with geographical limits and specific characteristics distinguishing it from the other american regions while turner's thesis was national in scope and glorified an american identity, the. I n a recent bulletin of the superintendent of the census for 1890 appear these significant words: —up to and including 1880 the country had a frontier of settlement, but at present the unsettled area has been so broken into by isolated bodies of settlement that there can hardly be said to be a frontier line in the discussion of.
Frederick jackson turner and the frontier a year after the oklahoma land rush, the director of the us census bureau announced that the frontier was closed the 1890 census had shown that a frontier line, a point beyond which the population density was less than two persons per square mile, no longer existed. Frontier thesis, turner's frontier thesis, turner's frederick jackson turner's the significance of the frontier in american history is arguably one of the most influential interpretations of the american past ever espoused delivered in chicago before two hundred historians at the 1893 world's columbian.
But the emergence of western history as an important field of scholarship can best be traced to the famous paper frederick jackson turner delivered at a meeting of the american historical association in 1893 it was titled the significance of the frontier in american history the turner thesis or frontier thesis, as his. In 1893 frederick jackson turner presented a paper at the chicago world's fair entitled 'the significance of the frontier in american history the frontier ( turner) thesis dramatically altered the course of historical inquiry by rejecting the accepted method of understanding american history prior to the turner thesis,. Frederick jackson turner was born on the rapidly diminishing wisconsin frontier on november 14, 1861 he grew up in although chiefly remembered for his frontier thesis, sectionalism was turner's main focus after 1901 letter from theodore roosevelt to frederick jackson turner, february 10, 1894.