Frederick Jackson Turner: “The Significance of the Frontier in American History”


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In the 1893 Report of the American Historical Association, Frederick Jackson Turner published “The Significance of the Frontier in American History.” Although some of Turner's assertions were perhaps a little overstated, the essay remains important because it essentially defined the frontier character of American life and how the frontier shaped American values and characteristics. It was an example of a new approach to historiography that historians and social scientists were beginning to...