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The American Frontier and Theories of Historical Progression
A review of the Frontier experience and its influence in American history.
# 153016 | 1,574 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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This paper examines the works of Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur, Frederick Jackson Turner and Henry Steele Commager in regards to their analysis of the Frontier experience and influence. The paper also looks at the changes that began to occur in the twentieth century periods of the Great Depression and the eventual New Deal under Roosevelt, as well as the differences between the Frontier and the Greenbelt experiences that existed in American history. The paper shows how the American Frontier was of immense importance in the development of the United States as a country until the turn of the twentieth century.

The Frontier Scholars
The Great Depression, the News Deal, and the Greenbelt

From the Paper:

"The fact that the American continents were known as the New World when they were first discovered and recognized as unexplored territories by European navigators and traders provides some clues as to the trajectory of the nations established on these continents and the people attracted to the life of the globe trotting settler. Coming to this world was about beginning something entirely different, with a chance at freedom not only for new societies but for each individual that made the move Westward as well. It was not only the land of the continents that were unknown and uncharted, that is, but also the possible depths of the human spirit and the new breadths of possible human experience that were suddenly opened up to assorted groups of pilgrims and other immigrants that made this discovery so important.
"In North America, and specifically in the country that would become the United States of America at the tail end of the eighteenth century, the frontiers of the West retained much of this same spirit and draw until the early twentieth century. The borders of this frontier grew ever closer together once the limits of the continent--the Pacific Ocean on its western edge--were reached, but until the early 1900s there was still open land and a fresh start in a largely disconnected world to be had by any individual with the gumption and the wherewithal."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • de Crevecoeur, H. (1781). "What is an American?" Accessed 20 November 2010.
  • Franklin, B. (1916). The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing.
  • Commager, H.; Nevins, A. & Morris, J. (1992). A pocket history of the United States. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  • PBS. (2010). "Frederick Jackson Turner." Accessed 20 November 2010.
  • Trueman, C. (2010). "The New Deal." Accessed 20 November 2010.

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