Although some suggest Frederick Jackson Turner’s “frontier thesis” holds truth in the fact that the frontiers moved westward steadily, others disagree that the actual settlement of the west was not steady. There are certain events that prove Turner’s thesis unstable such as the homestead act and individualism. In his thesis Turner chooses to ignore the Native Americans that were living on the land saying it was “free land”. The Native Americans were forced out of their homes as the settlers and railroads moved west. The government anxious to attract settlers to develop the west created the Homestead Act.The homestead act said that as long as they built a home and grew crops for five years the land was free but this only applied to the land west of the Mississippi River. The Morrill Land Grant Act set aside land and provided money for agricultural colleges. Although the government made it seem like living in the plains would be easy settlers faced many dangers that shaped the American character. When the frontiers moved westward the American character began to develop.Settlers began to gain qualities that gave them a unique spirit allowing them to be more successful in the west. People that moved into the plains had to be brave and courageous to deal with the constant threat of indians attacking them. The settlers had to always be on the lookout not even leaving their gun a foot away to protect themselves of the constant threat. Americans showed they had a sense of
Turner’s essay on the frontier thesis, he states that all who enter the frontier shall embrace the new American intellect it is molding. Turner believes that all who enter it will transform into hardy, creative, hardworking individuals. He asserts that it will transform the colonists into individualistic, functional characters who excel in the area of practicality. Lena Lingard’s life supports with Frederick Jackson Turner’s argument that all who choose to live in the western frontier will become purposeful…
locations in the east.
Cowboys: animal herders who care for cattle in ranches.
Barbed Wire: type of steel fencing wire used to construct inexpensive fences.
F.J. Turner: American historian who wrote the Frontier Thesis.
Frontier Thesis: Frederick Jackson turner argued that the moving western frontier shaped American democracy and the American character from the colonial era until 1890.
Crazy Horse: a Native American war leader of the Oglala Lakota who took up arms against the United States Federal…
the thesis, “They were two strong men, these oddly different generals, and they represented the strengths of two conflicting currents that, though them, had come into final collision.”
2. Lee viewed society as all men had equal rights, and should have an equal chance in the world. He embodied a way of life that had come down through the age of knighthood and the English country squire. Catton escape discussing slavery because Lee did not believe in it.
3. Grant represented Western frontiers. They…
Atlantic History: Trans-Appalachian Frontier Is Not the Most Significant Area Throughout the Atlantic History
Normally introduced as separate warfare, each of the wars duringin the period fromof 1754 to 1815, including Seven Years’ War, American Revolution, Indian Wars, and the War of 1812, were in fact intimately linked as dominos. In his article, “Trans-Appalachian Frontier in Atlantic History”, Francois Furstenberg stressed the importance of Trans-Appalachian Frontier in Atlantic hHistory by attributing…
HIS 102 STLCC Fall 2013 Dr. Bob Ubriaco
Quiz # 1 Study Guide
Quiz Date: September 13, 2013
PART ONE: MATCHING
You will be required to match the following terms, ideas, events, and individuals with their appropriate historical definition:
The Freedmen’s Bureau: March 1865 by Abraham Lincoln,that aided distressed freedmen (freed slaves) in 1865–1872
The 13th Amendment: passed by the Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified by the states on December 6, 1865.
The 14th Amendment: adopted…
this case of the Iroquois and European trade of the early colonies, trade, proved not to be beneficial, but fatal to these Indian tribes. Worchester presents this argument in his paper, “The Spread of Firearms among the Indians on the Anglo-French Frontiers". In Worchester’s essay, he describes the trade interaction, specifically of firearms, between the Iroquois and Europeans. He specifically argues that the trade of firearms was the main reason why Indian culture was so devastated in three main ways:…
EXPLOITING AN EMPIRE
America: Past and Present
Beyond the Frontier
1840--settlement to Missouri timber
Eastern Plains have rich soil, good
High Plains, Rockies semi-arid
Most pre-Civil War settlers head directly
for Pacific Coast
Physiographic Map of the U.S.
Crushing the Native
1867--250,000 Indians in western U.S.
By the 1880s
displaced Eastern Indians
Native Plains Indians
most Indians on reservations
Zinn Study Questions
Zinn Chapter 1: pp.1-11
Columbus, The Indian, and Human Progress
1. Zinn’s main purpose for writing A People’s History of the United States is to show history from the viewpoint of others.
2. This is Zinn’s thesis for pages 1-11: These traits did not stand out in the Europe of the Renaissance, dominated as it was by religion of popes, the government of kings, and the frenzy for money that marked Western Civilization and its first messenger to the Americas,…
poem, or compare two methods of government. Shrunk down a bit, it can be used
to answer a question on an essay test or an employment application. Expanded
a bit, it can be used to write a research paper, a term paper, or even a master’s
thesis. Even this textbook is, in many ways, an expansion of the essay format.
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Focus on the Essay: Beginning to End
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Awakening in the 18th century and the Second Great Awakening in the 19th century influenced the development of American society. (Adapted from the1994 AP U.S. History free-response question)
Some things to look for in the student response.
Possible thesis statement: The first and second Great Awakenings were reflections of the diversity of the growing American Republic.
Great Awakening. In the early 18th century, church leaders noted both a decline in the piety of their congregations and in church…