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Frederick Jackson Turner with these exact words The existence of an area of free land its continuous recession and the advance of American settlement westward explain American development laid the basis for modern historical study of the American West and presented a essay that remains to inspire historical views to this very day Turner believed that American democracy nationalism individualism and physical and social structures can be directly linked to the frontier and its expansion Turners essay reached heights in his belief that the promotion of individualistic democracy was the most important effect of the frontier These individuals formed political social economic structures that were already established in the east but with more independence and individualism from there European counterparts But the most important effect of the frontier has been in the promotion of democracy here and in Europe As has been indicated the frontier is productive of individualism Complex society is precipitated by the wilderness into a kind of primitive organization based on the family The tendency is anti-social It produces antipathy to control and particularly to any direct control Individuals forced to rely on their own wits and strength he believed were simply too good to be associated with the European way of thinking anymore Turner argues that the best way to understand American history is to study the settlement of the continent Up to our own day American history has been in a large degree the history of the colonization of the Great West I believe Turners frontier thesis is a solid essay for its time but looking back at it right now I think it has a great number of contradictions within itself It seems that he doesnt feel that showing that the Native American Indian contributions to the pioneer and the American way were very much influential to the American way of life of today which was very much absent in his essay The most significant thing about the American
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