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. 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. Man: frederick jackson turner in an 1893 paper entitled the significance of the frontier in american history, the young university of wisconsin his- torian advanced an innovative concep- tion to the ninth annual meeting of the american historical association that frontier thesis, as it came to be known, achieved a. 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. 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. 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.
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, 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. 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 turner thesis: a historian's controversy by j a burkhart in 1893 members of the american historical association heard frederick jackson turner read a paper entitled the signifi- cance of the frontier in american history the paper had perhaps more profound influence than any other essay or volume. The significance of the frontier in american history by frederick j turner in a recent bulletin of the superintendent of the census for 1890 appear these significant words: up to and including 1880 the country had a frontier of settlement, but at present the unsettled area has been so broken into by.
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. 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.