The Significance Of The Frontier By Frederick Jackson Turner

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Frederick Jackson Turner 's “The Significance of the Frontier” is, in his eyes, an accurate depiction of America 's development since the Colonial Period. However, Turner 's Frontier Thesis fails to discuss the involvement of two very specific groups of people, groups that certainly had too much of an effect on the progression of the country for him to safely leave out. Native Americans have a pivotal role in America 's history, yet Turner 's mentions of them in his thesis are extremely limited. For this reason, Frederick Jackson Turner 's “The Significance of the Frontier” is not an accurate depiction of the history of the United States. Unlike the image that Turner represents in his Frontier Thesis, Native Americans played a large role in the formation of America 's history. Turner continuously undermines their presence, referring to them mostly in passing and never giving their race much credit. When discussing the presence of different animals and people on the frontier, he ranks them only one step above animals, saying “watch the procession of civilization marching single file – the buffalo following the trail to the salt springs, the Indian, the fur-trader and hunter, the cattle-raiser, the pioneer farmer – and the frontier has passed by.” In saying this, Turner is conveying the imagery that Indians are altogether their own species, not quite animals but neither human enough to be included in what he would consider the presence of man. Murphy 's book Great Lakes…
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