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  Frontier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the United States, the frontier was the term applied to the zone of unsettled land outside the region of existing settlements of Americans.
The American frontier was generally the most Western edge of settlement and typically more democratic and free-spirited in nature than the East because of its lack of social and political institutions.
In the European Union, the frontier is a term used to describe the region beyond the expanding borders of the European Union.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/American_frontier   (2144 words)

 Frontier Thesis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Frontier Thesis or Turner Thesis is the conclusion of Frederick Jackson Turner that the wellsprings of American exceptionalism and vitality have always been the American frontier, the region between urbanized, civilized society and the untamed wilderness.
In fact, today Kansas has more "frontier" counties (using Turner's definition) than it did in 1900, and 35 of the 53 counties in North Dakota qualify as "frontier".
The Canadian political thinker Charles Blattberg has developed an interesting contrast between the American frontier process as described by Turner and the notion that, in Canada, settlement is best described as having involved the moving of a "border" from east to west.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Frontier_thesis   (812 words)

 The Significance of the Frontier in American History
The Atlantic frontier was compounded of fisherman, fur-trader, miner, cattle-raiser, and farmer.
The exploitation of the beasts took hunter and trader to the west, the exploitation of the grasses took the rancher west, and the exploitation of the virgin soil of the river valleys and prairies attracted the farmer.
The frontier States that came into the Union in the first quarter of a century of its existence came in with democratic suffrage provisions, and had reactive effects of the highest importance upon the older States whose peoples were being attracted there.
www.therblig.com /turner/frontier.html   (9618 words)

The American was a new man, he held, who owed his distinctive characteristics and institutions to the unusual New World environment—characterized by the availability of free land and an ever-receding frontier —in which his civilization had grown to maturity.
Instead, the American frontiers were pushed westward largely by younger sons from adjacent farm areas who migrated in periods of prosperity.
The Atlantic frontier was compounded of fisherman, fur-trader, miner, cattle-miser, and farmer.
www.americanheritage.com /articles/magazine/ah/1958/3/1958_3_4.shtml   (4979 words)

 Modern History Sourcebook: Frederick Jackson Turner: The Significance of the Frontier in American History, 1893
The fall line marked the frontier of the seventeenth century; the Alleghanies that of the eighteenth; the Mississippi that of the first quarter of the nineteenth; the Missouri that of the middle of this century (omitting the California movement); and the belt of the Rocky Mountains and the arid tract, the present frontier.
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 activity.
It is evident that the farming frontier of the Mississippi Valley presents different conditions from the mining frontier of the Rocky Mountains.
www.fordham.edu /halsall/mod/1893turner.html   (3695 words)

 The Signifigance of the Frontier in American History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-31)
In this advance, the frontier is the outer edge of the wave ­ the meeting point between savagery and civilization.
The American frontier is sharply distinguished from the European frontier ­ a fortified boundary line running through dense populations.
The growth of nationalism and the evolution of American political institutions were dependent on the advance of the frontier....
www.pinzler.com /ushistory/sigfrontsupp.html   (2498 words)

 Spain, United States & the American Frontier: Home Page in English
The "Meeting of Frontiers" pilot explores the comparative history of Spanish expansion into North America from Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas across the continent through Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and California all the way to Alaska, as well as the American expansion westward and the meeting of their frontiers.
Americans tend to see their expansion westward as a process of free settlement.
The word "frontier" as used in American history, with connotations of freedom and opportunity, is not used in Spanish in the same way.
www.loc.gov /rr/hispanic/frontiers/meetingeng.html   (516 words)

American Frontier Homes offers the opportunity to build a new home with little or no money down by taking a active role in the building process.
American Frontier Homes is a company that understands the concept of working with customers willing to better their future by taking an active role in building a new home of their own.
American Frontier Homes has industry experience and will assist you in a program that makes a large undertaking possible by providing blue prints, a quality building material package, and technical support during construction, and access to construction financing.
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 Frederick Jackson Turner, "The Significance of the Frontier...." (1893)
In short, at the frontier the environment is at first too strong for the man. He must accept the conditions which it furnishes, or perish, and so he fits himself into the Indian clearings and follows the Indian trails.
In this connection may be mentioned the importance of the frontier, from that day to this, as a military training school, keeping alive the power of resistance to aggression, and developing the stalwart and rugged qualities of the frontiersman.
The West in the War of 1812 repeated the phenomenon on the frontier of that day, while the speculation and wild-cat banking of the period of the crisis of 1837 occurred on the new frontier belt of the next tier of States.
www.library.csi.cuny.edu /dept/history/lavender/frontierthesis.html   (9696 words)

 PAL: Appendix L - The Frontier in American Literature
His frontier is explicitly "the meeting point between savagery and civilization." From the standpoint of economic theory the wilderness beyond the frontier, the realm of savagery, is a constant receding area of free land.
The fatal environment: the myth of the frontier in the age of industrialization, 1800-1890.
Newquist, David L. "The Violation of Hospitality and the Demoralization of the Frontier." Midwestern Miscellany 21 (1993): 19-28.
www.csustan.edu /english/reuben/pal/append/axl.html   (962 words)

 The Turner Thesis: An Annotated Bibliography for Students
Frontier scholarship began in 1893, when Frederick Jackson Turner gave his landmark speech "The Significance of the Frontier in American History".
Webb views the American frontier as a four hundred year experience, which not only shaped the American, but also influenced the whole of Western civilization through the land and capitol it provided.
The American frontier heritage is distinct from the frontier heritage of Mexico which unites with the U.S. in the borderlands region.
www.d.umn.edu /cla/faculty/tbacig/urop/bibtrner.html   (3218 words)

 frontier. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Basically, Turner held that American democracy was shaped by the frontier, namely by the contest of the settler with the wilderness of the frontier.
The cultivation of frontier lands provided food for the growing number of workers in Eastern cities; its mineral wealth and other natural resources aided industrialization; and the need to keep the East and West united led to a complex and efficient national system of transportation and communication.
Many studies have been devoted to the fur trade frontier, the mining frontier, the grazing frontier, and other types of frontier, but emphasis has been to a large extent on the solid achievements of the farming frontier and on the central United States.
www.bartleby.com /65/fr/frontier.html   (302 words)

 The Frontier In American History: Chapter I
Notice that Turner begins this essay by noting the official "end of the Western frontier." In 1920 the Superintendent of the Census noticed that a majority of Americans resided in cities and suburbs.
In this advance, the frontier is the outer edge of the wave-- the meeting point between savagery and civilization.
The American frontier is sharply distinguished from the European frontier--a fortified boundary line running through dense populations.
faculty.fairfield.edu /faculty/hodgson/Courses/City/Turner/turner.htm   (9903 words)

 Amazon.ca: The Frontier in American Culture: Books: White   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-31)
White and Limerick analyze some of the most pervasive images of the American West, many of which are represented in a show of the same name at Chicago's Newberry Library this fall.
Limerick's "Adventures of the Frontier in the Twentieth Century" is incisive and often wry-as is only appropriate for an historian who begins her catalogue of Western images at Disney's Frontierland.
One was Frederick Jackson Turner's remarkably influential lecture, "The Significance of the Frontier in American History"; the other took place in William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's flamboyant extravaganza, "The Wild West." Turner recounted the peaceful settlement of an empty continent, a tale that placed Indians at the margins.
www.amazon.ca /Frontier-in-American-Culture/dp/0520088441   (574 words)

 The Frontier in American Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-31)
The Frontier in American Culture is a national traveling exhibition organized by the American Library Association in cooperation with the Newberry Library and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
It was shown at the University of Washington's Allen Library in Seattle from December 27, 1996 to February 6, 1997.
"The Frontier in American Culture" is a traveling exhibition for libraries organized by the American Library Association and the Newberry Library, Chicago.
www.lib.washington.edu /exhibits/frontier   (276 words)

 Amazon.com: The Frontier in American History: Books: Frederick Jackson Turner   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-31)
His chapters on the general influence on American government of the midwest are fascinating, especially in the light of present day hindsight.
The idea that the frontier is crucial to the development of American civilization has been one of the major themes of American history.
From the time of the first European settlements on the East Coast until the 1890s, when Jackson and others first recognized that the American frontier had disappeared, the possibility of farming/mining/foresting new lands had always be a possibility for Americans and an attractant for European immigrants.
www.amazon.com /Frontier-in-American-History/dp/0486291677   (1557 words)

 Frederick Jackson Turner and the Closing of the American Frontier
At the end of the last century, American historians were still beating to death the idea that slavery, with its importation of alien peoples from Africa, was the central struggle and theme of the American past.
Frederick Jackson Turner delivered a paper containing the seminal ideas of frontier theory before a meeting of the American Historical Society at the University of Wisconsin in 1893.
I am beginning a study into the role of the military as an institution in the movement of the American frontier.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/frontier_theory/9259   (647 words)

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 Review of The First West: Writing from the American Frontier, 1776-1860
The First West: Writing from the American Frontier, 1776-1860.
The endeavour of attempting to place eastern representations of the west in a national cultural context, whilst promoting western texts to the national stage, is not helped by mixing both together in a potentially confusing melee.
The views expressed are those of the contributors, and not necessarily those of the Centre, the College or the University.
www.americansc.org.uk /Reviews/Firstwest.htm   (762 words)

 The Frontier in American Culture brochure   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-31)
To understand the attractiveness and influence of the frontier, this exhibition looks at two of the most compelling sources of frontier stories: the historian Frederick Jackson Turner's famous lecture and article, "The Significance of the Frontier in American History," and Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders.
They used them to make their stories seem merely everyday experiences on the frontier, even as they paved the way for these images and others to achieve even greater prominence as elements of the American identity in the twentieth century.
But in the stories Americans tell each other about their country's past, the West and all the images, virtues, and conflicts associated with it, remain central.
www.ulib.iupui.edu /lisarchive/frontier/brochure.html   (573 words)

 Life on the American Frontier - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Life on the American Frontier, daily life in the new settlements that formed as the United States expanded west to the Pacific Ocean, south to the...
The five-novel Leatherstocking series (1823-1841) by American author James Fenimore Cooper romanticized the untouched wilderness on the American...
Richter, Conrad (1890-1968), American novelist, known for his works about American frontier life.
encarta.msn.com /Life_on_the_American_Frontier.html   (173 words)

 American Frontiers--Literature/U.S. History/Government lesson plan (grades 9-12)--DiscoverySchool.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-31)
In the concluding segment of Rediscovering America: The Frontier, the narrator ties the concept of the frontier to the concept of land, reinforcing the point made at the beginning of the program.
However, there are other frontiers as well—a state of mind, a yearning for something that goes beyond the mere issue of land.
This is a comprehensive collection of 80 links on the topic of Native Americans and the American frontier, which satisfy the curiosity of most and serve as a wonderful starting point for everyone else.
school.discovery.com /lessonplans/programs/rediscoveringamerica-thefrontier   (1372 words)

 AmericanFrontiers.net: Home
Without a doubt, it was the American Frontiers trek that changed the direction of my life.
For discussions about using these lesson plans, and if you have questions for the American Frontiers team, please visit our discussion boards, and click on the link for Students and Teachers.
American Frontiers: A Public Lands Journey is an ongoing educational program about public lands.
www.americanfrontiers.net   (783 words)

 America's West - Development & History
A story on frontier transportation explains the important role of the transcontinental railroad and the railroad companies.
Native American Tribes and Nations Native Americans' "CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE", your one-stop source for in-depth and extensive information on Native Americans, covering the past, the present and the future.
Buffalos once roamed from Canada to Mexico and all over the American plains in very large numbers, estimated at about 60 million at the time ("the plains were fl and appeared as in motion").
www.americanwest.com   (926 words)

 Space Frontier Foundation Home Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-31)
Los Angeles, CA, July 25, 2006 – The Space Frontier Foundation issued a white paper today stating that NASA's multi-billion dollar post-space shuttle transportation plans are in the initial stages of complete failure.
Los Angeles, CA, July 14, 2006 – The Space Frontier Foundation congratulated Bigelow Aerospace on the successful launch of its Genesis 1 inflatable space module.
The Foundation believes the settlement of space is our human destiny, and is working to assure that any NASA Mars program is designed to support that goal from day one.
www.space-frontier.org   (624 words)

 American Frontier Art   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-31)
Original custom built, multi dimensional American Frontier works individually created by local artist.
Each piece tells a unique story of the western frontier utilizing functional exact reproductions of real 19th century weaponry.
Artwork designed to be displayed throughout various rooms in beautiful large homes or offices as found throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and Aspen area.
www.americanfrontierart.com   (73 words)

 Academic Info: The American West - Frontier History - Westward Movement
Northwest of the West: The Frontier Experience on the Northwest Coast
The unique maritime perspective of these materials offers a rich look at the events, culture, beliefs, and personal experiences associated with the settlement of California, Alaska, Hawaii, Texas, and the Pacific Northwest.
A number of photographs, paintings, maps, and nautical charts are also included to illustrate the story of Americans’ western seaborne travel.
www.academicinfo.net /westfrontwestward.html   (731 words)

 American Frontier
Abraham Lincoln: Biography or web page; a primary source document – Describe his life and contributions to the frontier and politics.
1850 Statistical Almanac Compare the US territory, people, politics, cultural, and economic characteristics at the different times in American history.
Web of American Transcendentalism (Virginia Comonwealth University) and Civil Disobedience Index (ACTUP-NY); see The Transcendentalist ; Guide to Resources on Thoreau.
nths.newtrier.k12.il.us /library/teacher_assignments/frontierbaeb05.htm   (515 words)

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