“the significance of the frontier” stated that modern america itself originated from european and american experiences of settling in north america • the essay combined a new method of studying history with a powerful concept—the frontier—to create a classic in american history that is still relevant over 120 years later. The frontier special section the turner thesis and the role of the frontier in american history by julian pleasants in july, 1893, at the annual meeting of the american historical association, a young professor from the university of wisconsin frederick jackson turner, read a paper on the significance of the. The significance of the frontier in american history is a seminal essay by the american historian frederick jackson turner which advanced the frontier thesis of american history it was presented to a special meeting of the american historical association at the world's columbian exposition in chicago, illinois in 1893,. The frontier had no need for standing armies, established churches, aristocrats or nobles, nor for landed gentry who controlled most of the land and charged heavy rents frontier land was free for the taking turner first announced his thesis in a paper entitled the significance of the frontier in american history, delivered to. A considerable part of whatever value they may possess arises from the fact that they are commentaries in different periods on the central theme of the influence of the frontier in american history consequently they may have some historical significance as contemporaneous attempts of a student of. Frontier thesis, turner's frontier thesis, turner's frederick jackson turner's the significance of the frontier in american history is arguably one of the most influential interpretations of the american past ever espoused delivered in chicago before two hundred historians at the 1893 world's columbian.
In 1893 historian frederick jackson turner presented his now-famous frontier thesis at the chicago world's fair according to he also brushes aside the importance of the fur trade, even though it was a catalyst for intense commercial rivalry for the new england colonies, new france, and the indians themselves finally. The emergence of western history as an important field of scholarship can best be traced to the famous paper frederick jackson turner delivered at a meeting of the american historical association in 1893 it was entitled the significance of the frontier in american history the turner thesis or frontier thesis, as his. Frederick jackson turner the significance of the frontier in american history the existence of an area of free land, its continuous recession, and the advance of american settlement westward, explain american development frederick jackson turner the true point of view in the history of this nation is not the. Turner drew on his knowledge of evolution, and his own research into the fur trade frontier he first announced his thesis in a paper entitled the significance of the frontier in american history, delivered to the american historical association in 1893 at the world columbian exposition in chicago.
Frederick jackson turner frontier thesis the emergence of western history as an important field of scholarship can best be traced to the famous paper frederick jackson turner delivered at a meeting of the american historical association in 1893 it was entitled the significance of the frontier in american history. Turner was only 32 years old when he presented his historic thesis, 'the significance of the frontier in american history' to a group of fellow historians in chicago in 1893 although turner's thesis was largely overlooked initially, it soon became a center of scholarship and controversy one historian deemed it, 'the single.
The frontier thesis changed the way americans viewed their history irreparably its unique approach became the beginning of a tradition of american exception. The significance of turner's sectional thesis michael c steiner d espite the fact that more has been written about frederick jackson turner than any american historian, relatively little attention has been given to his sectional thesis aside from three early essays and a thorough discussion in ray billington's. During the summer of 1893, a young historian presented a paper to the american historical society on the site of the world's columbian exposition, also known as the chicago world's fair frederick jackson turner's essay, “the significance of the frontier in american history,” pointedly noted an.