Women and the American Frontier Book Review by Nicky

Women and the American Frontier
An analysis of the exclusion of women in Frederick Turner's frontier theory, from his book "Dominant Forces in Western Life."
# 128610 | 1,196 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 29, 2010 in History (U.S. After 1865) , History (U.S. Before 1865) , Women Studies (General)

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The paper examines Turner's exploration of the American frontier that explained why Americans were inherently different from their European roots. The paper focuses on the exclusion of women in Turner's theories and supports the thesis that the inclusion of women in the thesis changes the outcome of his theories considerably. The paper argues that Turner's ignorance of the importance of women on the frontier makes his theories seem shallow and incomplete. The paper does point out, however, how Turner's exclusion of women from the text mirrors the societal structure and attitude in which he lived.

From the Paper:

"Turner's exploration of the American frontier examines the development of "civilized" society. As the frontier advanced, chaos was turned to order and the ideals of freedom advanced. Frontier life differed significantly from life in the cities and the already "civilized" areas of the country. Turner paints life on the frontier, as freedom from societal norms and ideals. Men on the frontier were physically removed from society and developed an attitude that they were free to create their own destiny. However, Turner's view of the west is decidedly biased, as he left out the role of women. This research will explore the differences that the inclusion of women makes in Turner's theories."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Turner, Frederick Douglas. 1893. "Dominant Forces in Western Life." In Frontier in American History. New York: Henry Holt and Company. 1920.
  • Lazzerini, Rickie. "Frontier Women: Hardships & Triumps." Historical Review. 2006. Available from http://www.kindredtrails.com/Frontier-Women-Page1.html. Accessed November 3, 2008.

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