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The Significance Of The Frontier In American History

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Throughout history rules and regulations have been a part of life in America for over 120 years. It has evolved into an extremely important part of life and it affects millions of Americans. America has gone through several changes since the late 1800’s. Turner gives his opinion on The Significance of the Frontier in American History at the meeting of the American Historical Association in Chicago, 12 July 1893, during the World Columbian Exposition. He states that “Up to our own day American history has been in a large degree the history of the colonization of the Great West. The existence of an area of free land, its continuous recession, and the advance of American settlement westward, explain American development.” He thought that if…show more content…
The legislation developed most of the powers of the national government, and played the largest part in its activity on the frontier. At the frontier one can study the germs of processes repeated at each successive frontier. We have the complex European life sharply precipitated by the wilderness into the simplicity of primitive conditions. The first frontier had to meet its Indian question, its question of the disposition of the public domain, of the means of intercourse with older settlements, of the extension of political organization, of religious and educational…show more content…
The works of travelers along each frontier from colonial days onward describe certain common traits, and these traits have, while softening down, still persisted as survivals in the place of their origin, even when a higher social organization succeeded. The result is that to the frontier the American intellect owes its striking characteristics. That coarseness and strength combined with acuteness and inquisitiveness; that practical, inventive turn of mind, quick to find expedients; that masterful grasp of material things, lacking in the artistic but powerful to effect great ends; that restless, nervous energy;5 that dominant individualism, working for good and for evil, and withal that buoyancy and exuberance which comes with freedom?these are traits of the frontier, or traits called out elsewhere because of the existence of the frontier. Since the days when the fleet of Columbus sailed into the waters of the New World, America has been another name for opportunity, and the people of the United States have taken their tone from the incessant expansion which has not only been open but has even been forced upon them. He would be a rash prophet who should assert that the expansive character of American life has now entirely ceased. Movement has been its dominant fact, and, unless this training has no effect upon a people, the American energy will continually demand a wider field for its
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