Frederick Jackson Turner Frontier Thesis

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In the United States of America, the late 19th century proved to be a time of much change. With change, there was no shortage of challenges being presented to the country and its leaders. One of those leaders during that time was President Ulysses S. Grant, who came to recognize some of the biggest challenges would be the country’s negative economy and fair equal treatment to all citizens of the U.S. Another man that recognized some major challenges facing the U.S. at that time was Frederick Jackson Turner. He would go on to study Americanization for most of his life, and creating an ideology of what made America the way it is. The late 19th century was a difficult and historic time, and the way these men reacted to those challenges would help…show more content…
One man saw this time and its significance and wrote a thesis that has earned the reputation of one of the most influential papers in American history. His name was Frederick Jackson Turner, and his paper was called “The Significance of the Frontier in American History”. Labeled the “Frontier Thesis”, many can read and see Turner had a well understanding of what makes American culture and individualism what it is, giving him much understanding of what challenges the nation was facing at the time. He saw these unique differences that America had versus other booming civilizations. He knew that with the rapid growth of the U.S. those challenges it faced would be keeping true to the image of the frontier, to continue in the spirit of the U.S. and what it represents. The idea he brought into light about the image of the frontier and the west inspiring American development can be seen throughout this time, and into the 20th century as well. As America moved to the west, more areas where becoming populated and developed, creating new challenges for the government. Some included requesting protection provided by the government against feared Indian tribes. Also, large land owning railroad companies would ask for lessening fees paid to the government and acquiring additional lands to assist them in developing rail lines in many portions of the west. As the frontier grows, the government continued passing legislation to support and give incentive to those to go out west. For instance, the National Reclamation and Homestead
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