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Frederick Jackson Turner's The Significance of the Frontier in American History-logo

Frederick Jackson Turner's The Significance of the Frontier in American History

Frederick JacksonTurner

Turner’s much-anthologized 1893 essay argues that the vast western frontier shaped the modern American character—and the course of US history. Interacting with both the wilderness and Native Americans, settlers on the frontier developed institutions and character traits quite distinct from Europe. The West’s surplus of “free land,” Turner suggests, helped America become a country of economic opportunity, where individual effort was rewarded and democracy could flourish. Turner’s work captured the imagination of ordinary Americans. Countless television shows, films, novels, and even a theme park—Disney World’s “Frontierland”— have based their depictions of the American West on this important essay.

Turner’s much-anthologized 1893 essay argues that the vast western frontier shaped the modern American character—and the course of US history. Interacting with both the wilderness and Native Americans, settlers on the frontier developed institutions and character traits quite distinct from Europe. The West’s surplus of “free land,” Turner suggests, helped America become a country of economic opportunity, where individual effort was rewarded and democracy could flourish. Turner’s work captured the imagination of ordinary Americans. Countless television shows, films, novels, and even a theme park—Disney World’s “Frontierland”— have based their depictions of the American West on this important essay.
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Genres:

History

Description:

Turner’s much-anthologized 1893 essay argues that the vast western frontier shaped the modern American character—and the course of US history. Interacting with both the wilderness and Native Americans, settlers on the frontier developed institutions and character traits quite distinct from Europe. The West’s surplus of “free land,” Turner suggests, helped America become a country of economic opportunity, where individual effort was rewarded and democracy could flourish. Turner’s work captured the imagination of ordinary Americans. Countless television shows, films, novels, and even a theme park—Disney World’s “Frontierland”— have based their depictions of the American West on this important essay.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Joanna Dee Das, Macat.com

Length:

1h 41m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:47


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:43


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:09


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:33