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  • American Character Of The Western Frontier
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    American Character - Then and Now A notion that still holds strong today, Fredrick Jackson Turner's idea of American character was one based on trials and experiences. Unlike Creve cour, Turner believed that American character was not simply a product of English character transported to America, but rather another idea altogether (Faragher 63). He expressed this opinion the best when he said, "In the crucible of the frontier the immigrants were Americanized, liberated, and fused into a mixed rac...
  • Frontier Of The Indian Country
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    Turner, 'The Significance of the Frontier' web of 27 2003-10-09 09: 04 The Significance of the Frontier in American History 1 By Frederick Jackson Turner Electronic edition prepared by Jack Lynch, Rutgers University - Newark The text and notes come from chapter 1 of The Frontier in American History (New York: Henry Holt, 1921). Paragraph numbers are my own. [1] In a recent bulletin of the Superintendent of the Census for 1890 appear these significant words: 'Up to and including 1880 the country ...
  • Uniqueness Of The Frontier Spirit For Americans
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    What is exceptionalism? As defined by The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, is it: 1) the condition of being exceptional or unique; and 2) the theory or belief that something, especially a nation, doesn't conform to a pattern or a norm. Some historians credit the terms origins to Alex de Tocqueville, the 19th century French historian. Since colonial times, Americans felt of themselves as the preeminent example of a social and morally advanced society. John Winthrop's 'City on...
  • Members Of The Donner Party
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    According to the thesis of Fredrick Jackson Turner, the frontier changed America. Americans, from the earliest settlement, were always on the frontier, for they were always expanding to the west. It was Manifest Destiny; spreading American culture westward was so apparent and so powerful that it couldn't be stopped. Turner's Frontier Theory says that this continuous exposure to the frontier has shaped the American character. The frontier made the American settlers revert back to the primitive, s...
  • First Elaborate On Turners Conception Of Frontier
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    Within the conceptual framework of this research, we will first elaborate on Turners conception of frontier, to be followed by the assessment of his potential conception for the word pioneer. After that, we will choose a pioneer and see why he would be a pioneer according to Turner's definition. The pioneer we will discuss within the course of this report is Thomas Edison. Eventually reaching the Pacific Ocean, the United States had accomplished its goal of reaching from sea to shining sea. Yet ...
  • Most Significant Thing About The American Frontier
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    In 1893, historian Frederick Jackson Turner made an historic speech at the Columbian Exhibition. In his address, he spoke on, "The Significance of the Frontier in American History". Turner's hypothesis was that the frontier was the single most important influence on the development of the United States and its values. He spoke of the frontier's important influence on America for the first time shortly after the census of 1890, when a report from the Census Bureau proclaimed, "the unsettled area ...
  • Development Of American Identity To Westward Expansion
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    In 1893, Frederick Jackson Turner presented a thesis that would challenge the widespread accepted view that the east, particularly New England was the true bearer of American culture. He attempted to explain this by theorizing that American advances on the westward frontier can be viewed as a major factor in explaining American development throughout the nineteenth century. He believed that historians who examined the importance of these urban centers as cultural beacons would discover that it w...

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