"Civilization in America," Frederick Jackson Turner
thundered in 1893, "has followed the arteries made by geology, pouring an ever richer tide through them, until at last the slender paths of aboriginal intercourse have been broadened and interwoven into the complex mazes of modern commercial lines; the wilderness has been interpenetrated by lines of civilization growing ever more numerous.
Grandin's compact survey of American history spans the pre-Revolutionary War era to the present, but at its heart is historian Frederick Jackson Turner
's famous 1893 "Frontier Thesis," which argued, as Grandin summarizes it, that "the expansion of settlement across a frontier of 'free land' created a uniquely American form of political equality, a vibrant, forward-looking individualism." Relying on a rich trove of source materials, both primary and secondary, Grandin pointedly contends that this mythic "Edenic utopia" has now been eclipsed by the shadow of a concrete and steel border wall, "America's new myth, a monument to the final closing of the frontier."
The Organization of American Historians also honored the book with its Frederick Jackson Turner
Prize for best first book in American history.
For the conclusion, Lause takes readers on fast-paced journey through the emergence of western myth, beginning with Frederick Jackson Turner
in 1893 and continuing up through the contemporary era.
Dworkin asserts that Burns was the leading historian about the West during his career, but readers need to recall that Frederick Jackson Turner
, Frederic Logan Paxson (a Pulitzer Prize winner), Walter Prescott Webb, and Herbert Eugene Bolton published books and essays during Burns's emergence that had much more shaping and enduring influences on Western history.
Frederick Jackson Turner
's 1893 lecture on "The Significance of the Frontier in American History" lit a number of academic fires.
In the early twentieth century, Frederick Jackson Turner
argued that interactions on the frontier formed American characteristics of rugged individualism, democracy, aggression, and innovation.
A reprint of a 2004 book that won half a dozen major awards for best history book (including the Frederick Jackson Turner
Award from the Organization of American Historians), this book deals with immigration in the US.
Frederick Jackson Turner
was a young associate history professor at the University of Wisconsin in 1893 when he was asked to give a paper at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, which was convening that year on the grounds of the World Columbia Exposition in Chicago.
In the John Wayne example alone, Cullen draws connections to Moses, Frederick Jackson Turner
, James Fenimore Cooper, and Mary Rowlandson.
He argues that the application of the scientific method to the study of people is best left to sociologists, despite the "very American" tendency among historians like Frederick Jackson Turner
and other Progressives to treat history as a social science (11).
In this issue, Alex Wagner Lough's essay, "Henry George, Frederick Jackson Turner
, and the 'Closing of the American Frontier,'" observes that "both George and Turner drew ...