Have met to discuss the american west since turner delivered his famous paper in chicago in 1893 as powerful as turner's argu- ment is, however, and as compelling the western idendty it has fostered remains, the turner thesis (like the comparable thesis of henri pirenne regarding the persistence of mediterranean. In 1893, the american historical association met during that year's world's columbian exposition in chicago the young wisconsin historian frederick jackson turner presented his “frontier thesis,” one of the most influential theories of american history, in his essay, “the significance of the frontier in american history. 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. Not only was the trans-mississippi west the country's most culturally diverse region, it was also by 1890, the most urbanized the turner thesis in 1893, three years after the superintendent of the census announced that the western frontier was closed, frederick jackson turner, a historian from the university of wisconsin,. Frederick jackson turner, (born november 14, 1861, portage, wisconsin, us— died march 14, 1932, san marino, california), american historian best known for the “frontier thesis” the single most influential interpretation of the american past , it proposed that the distinctiveness of the united states was attributable to its. Thomas c mcclintock the turner thesis: after ninety years it still 'lives on,' the journal of the american west 25:75-82 july 1986 scanned, copy-edited, spell-checked, and tagged by brooke ramsay, 11/13/95 in less than ten years, american historians undoubtedly will be observing in an appropriate manner the.
There was some dissent to turner some historians countered that turner's portrayal of the west and the frontier was too rosy others said that european influences were much stronger in shaping the american character than the frontier despite the critics' dissent, turner's frontier thesis was the prevailing view of the. 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. In 1893 historian frederick jackson turner presented his now-famous frontier thesis at the chicago world's fair according to turner, american history has been in a large degree the history of the colonization of the great west the existence of an area of free land, its continuous recession, and the advance of american. The central thesis about the frontier coined by frederick jackson turner, commonly called the frontier thesis, has to do with the origins of the american national character related concepts are the safety valve and successive frontiers all these ideas were contained in the essay, the significance of the frontier in american.
Turner's thesis emphasized the significance the frontier had in shaping the american character the second part of the bibliography continues to address the questions of national identity and shared characteristics which can be attributed to the frontier these essays and books explore both how the frontier experience can. Turner delivered his thesis lecture at the chicago world's fair columbian exposition of 1893, at one of the early meetings of the american historical association outside the gates of this fair, buffalo bill re-enacted his wild west show, in a piece of pop-culture entertainment that was also part of the frontier.
Where historians disagree - the frontier and the west the turner thesis shaped the writing of american history for a generation, and it shaped the writing of western american history for even longer in the first half of the twentieth century, virtually all the major figures in the field echoed and elaborated at least part of. With these words, frederick jackson turner laid the foundation for modern historical study of the american west and presented a frontier thesis that continues to influence historical thinking even today turner was born in portage, wisconsin, in 1861 his father, a journalist by trade and local historian by avocation, piqued.