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 characteristics. 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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This thought-provoking book by the leading authority on Turner presents the results of modern research in history and the behavioral sciences, concluding that in many ways the Turner hypothesis is a valid one.About the Author:
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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Book Description Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1966. Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. First Edition.. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. First Edition Trade Paperback in Fair Condition. Histories of the American Frontier Series. A look at how expansion and frontierism in America altered and made uniquely America the distinctive characteristics of Americans. Grey/white cover is clean, worn, with edgewear and waviness.Tight glued binding. The book is wavy but clean. Pages are clean and untorn,There is some underlining and highlighting, not extensive. Previous owner name on inside of front cover. Contents include: Why and How Pioneers Moved Westward; The Frontier and the American Character; The Frontier: Cradle of Barbarism or Civilization?; The Structure of the Frontier; Frontier Democracy-Political and Social; The Economic Impact of the Frontier; The Frontier and Migratory Compulsion; The Frontier and American Behavioral Patterns; The Persistence of Frontier Traits. 310 pages with Chapter Notes, Bibliographical Notes, and Index. 9.25 x 6.5 inches. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston Publishers, San Francisco, CA 1966. Bookseller Inventory # 019100
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