Does the Frontier Experience Make America Exceptional? / Edition 1

Does the Frontier Experience Make America Exceptional? / Edition 1

by Richard W. Etulain, Glenda Riley, Richard White
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312183097

ISBN-13: 9780312183097

Pub. Date: 04/28/1999

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

Does the frontier experience make America exceptional? When Frederick Jackson Turner presented this idea in 1893 as the core of his now-famous thesis, he set in motion a debate that historians of the American West have contended with ever since. The concept of a frontier, a moving boundary that defined civilization and circumscribed the Wild West, was not new

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Does the frontier experience make America exceptional? When Frederick Jackson Turner presented this idea in 1893 as the core of his now-famous thesis, he set in motion a debate that historians of the American West have contended with ever since. The concept of a frontier, a moving boundary that defined civilization and circumscribed the Wild West, was not new — though the idea that it made Americans unique was. Turner's paper is reprinted in its entirety, followed by articles by three "New Western" historians who bring the dialogue up to the present day by applying modern concerns to this long-standing issue. The last selection looks forward, asking what Turner's ideas mean for America as we head into the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312183097
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Series:
Historians at Work Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
132
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
A Note for Students

PART I. INTRODUCTION

The Frontier and American Exceptionalism
Frederick Jackson Turner and the Frontier
Historians and the Turner Thesis

PART II. SOME CURRENT QUESTIONS

1. How was the idea of the "frontier" born?
Frederick Jackson Turner, The Significance of the Frontier in American History

2. How has the idea of the frontier shaped our imagination?
Richard White, When Frederick Jackson Turner and Buffalo Bill Cody Both Played Chicago in 1893

3. Whose frontier is it?
Glenda Riley, Frederick Jackson Turner Overlooked the Ladies

4. Is the frontier idea still valid for the twenty-first century?
Martin Ridge, The Life of an Idea: The Significance of Frederick Jackson Turner's Frontier Thesis

5. Will region replace frontier?
Donald Worster, New West, True West: Interpreting the Region's History

6. How should we interpret the frontier/West?
Patricia Nelson Limerick, Michael P. Malone, Gerald Thompson, and Elliott West, Western History: Why the Past May Be Changing

Making Connections
Suggestions for Further Reading

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