In the years since it was delivered, it has become part of the standard historiography of American History, spawned a massive following of "Turnerians" both in and out of the academy, and several "anti-Turnerian" revolutions, including the movement called "The New Western History. What role does Turner argue the frontier has played in American history? What evidence does he provide for his argument? What are the steps and stages along the way?
His father was active in Republican politics, an investor in the railroad, and was a newspaper editor and publisher.
His mother taught school. He earned his Ph. Turner did not publish extensively; his influence came from tersely expressed interpretive theories published in articleswhich influenced his hundreds of disciples. Two theories in particular were influential, the " Frontier Thesis " and the "Sectional Hypothesis".
Although he published little, he did more research than almost anyone and had an encyclopedic knowledge of American history, earning a reputation by as one of the two or three most influential historians in the country. He proved adept at promoting his ideas and his students, whom he systematically placed in leading universities, including Merle Curti and Marcus Lee Hansen.
He circulated copies of his essays and lectures to important scholars and literary figures, published extensively in highbrow magazines, recycled favorite material, attaining the largest possible audience for key concepts, and wielded considerable influence within the American Historical Association as an officer and advisor for the American Historical Review.
His emphasis on the importance of the frontier in shaping American character influenced the interpretation found in thousands of scholarly histories. In Turner was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society and in he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
His The Frontier in American History was a collection of older essays. As a professor of history at Wisconsin — and Harvard —Turner trained scores of disciples who in turn dominated American history programs throughout the country.
His model of sectionalism as a composite of social forces, such as ethnicity and land ownership, gave historians the tools to use social history as the foundation of all social, economic and political developments in American history.
At the American Historical Associationhe collaborated with J.
Franklin Jameson on numerous major projects. They complained that he celebrated too much the egalitarianism and democracy of a frontier that was rough on women and minorities. He represents a type of historian who rests his case on documents and general impression rather than a scientist who goes out for to see.Manifest Destiny: Manifest Destiny, the supposed inevitability of continued westward expansion of the boundaries of the United States during the 19th century.
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Turner, essay subsequently published in Turner's essay collection, The . Nat Turner’s Southampton Slave Revolt - Nat Turner was a man with a vision that would change America forever.
His vision may have not sounded right to the average person but to Nat Turner, he was on Earth to realize his vision. Frederick Jackson Turner () presented an essay at the World's Fair in Chicago in that would change the study of American History forever. Turner elaborates his thesis that the continuously rolling settlement of America from an Atlantic foothold across the entire continent is one of the most powerful and comprehensive causes of the unique success of the American Experiment.
Frederick Jackson Turner's essay, "The Significance of the Frontier in American History," written in , is perhaps the most influential essay ever read at the American Historical Association's annual conference. In the years since it was delivered, it has become part of the standard historiography of American History, spawned a massive following of .