America's Frontier Heritage

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The hypothesis advanced in Frederick Jackson Turner's famous 1893 essay, The Significance of the Frontier in American History, has been debated by three generations of scholars. The pioneering experience, Turner suggested, accounted for some of the distinctive characteristics of the American people: during three centuries of expansion their attitudes toward democracy, nationalism and individualism were altered, and they developed distinctively American traits, such as ...
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Overview

The hypothesis advanced in Frederick Jackson Turner's famous 1893 essay, The Significance of the Frontier in American History, has been debated by three generations of scholars. The pioneering experience, Turner suggested, accounted for some of the distinctive characteristics of the American people: during three centuries of expansion their attitudes toward democracy, nationalism and individualism were altered, and they developed distinctively American traits, such as wastefulness, inventiveness, mobility, and a dozen more.

After opening with a summary of the appearance, acceptance, and subsequent dismissal of the theory, the author carefully defines the "frontier" and reviews recent evidence on its political, social, and economic characterstics. He discusses the compulsion to migrate and examines other behavioral patterns and traits in his explanation of how and why pioneers moved west. His extensive bibliographic notes constitute a remarkable guide to the literature of many disciplines dealing with the frontier concept.

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Ray Allen Billington (1903-81) trained several generations of western historians and published numerous books on American frontier history, including America's Frontier Heritage (UNM Press).
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 The History of a Theory 1
2 Why and How Pioneers Moved Westward 23
3 The Frontier and the American Character 47
4 The Frontier: Cradle of Barbarism or Civilization? 69
5 The Structure of Frontier Society 97
6 Frontier Democracy: Political Aspects 117
7 Frontier Democracy: Social Aspects 139
8 The Economic Impact of the Frontier 159
9 The Frontier and the Migratory Compulsion 181
10 The Frontier and American Behavioral Patterns 199
11 The Persistence of Frontier Traits 219
Notes 237
Bibliographical Notes 285
Index 303
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