With these words, frederick jackson turner laid the foundation for modern historical study of the american west and presented a frontier thesis that continues to influence historical thinking even today turner was born in portage, wisconsin, in 1861 his father, a journalist by trade and local historian by avocation, piqued. Willa cather often earns attention from environmental literary scholars for her beatific and nostalgic depiction of the frontier, though in this ecocritical study, i argue that cather presents a unique, multi-faceted evolution of america's frontier and claims it, once again, as a physical place that deserves salvaging. Where historians disagree - the frontier and the west the turner thesis shaped the writing of american history for a generation, and it shaped the writing of western american history for even longer in the first half of the twentieth century, virtually all the major figures in the field echoed and elaborated at least part of. Frederick jackson turner, (born november 14, 1861, portage, wisconsin, us— died march 14, 1932, san marino, california), american historian best known for the “frontier thesis” the single most influential interpretation of the american past , it proposed that the distinctiveness of the united states was attributable to its. Turner delivered his thesis lecture at the chicago world's fair columbian exposition of 1893, at one of the early meetings of the american historical association outside the gates of this fair, buffalo bill re-enacted his wild west show, in a piece of pop-culture entertainment that was also part of the frontier.
The myth of the garden and turner's frontier hypothesis frederick jackson turner's 1893 essay the significance of the frontier in american history, presented in chicago before the american historical association, is one of the most important pieces of nineteenth century writing about the west turner's frontier. In 1893, the american historical association met during that year's world's columbian exposition in chicago the young wisconsin historian frederick jackson turner presented his “frontier thesis,” one of the most influential theories of american history, in his essay, “the significance of the frontier in american history. In less than ten years, american historians undoubtedly will be observing in an appropriate manner the centennial of the turner thesis it was on 12 luly 1893, at an annual meeting of the american historical association, that frederick jackson turner first presented his frontier thesis in the now-famous paper on the. L'ouest américain est souvent présenté comme ayant un statut à part dans la construction de l'identité américaine ecrivant à la fin du dix-neuvième siècle, le père fondateur de l'histoire de l'ouest, frederick jackson turner, considère que la singularité du caractère américain résulte de l'expérience de la frontière c'est en.
Turner was only 32 years old when he presented his historic thesis, 'the significance of the frontier in american history' to a group of fellow historians in chicago in 1893 although turner's thesis was largely overlooked initially, it soon became a center of scholarship and controversy one historian deemed it, 'the single. The significance of the frontier in american history by frederick j turner in 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.
Frederick jackson turner frontier thesis 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 frontier thesis or turner thesis, is the argument advanced by historian frederick jackson turner in 1893 that american democracy was formed by the american frontier he stressed the process—the moving frontier line—and the impact it had on pioneers going through the process he also stressed results especially. There was some dissent to turner some historians countered that turner's portrayal of the west and the frontier was too rosy others said that european influences were much stronger in shaping the american character than the frontier despite the critics' dissent, turner's frontier thesis was the prevailing view of the.