History 152: Lecture One: New Wine in Old Wineskins: Approaching a New Century I. The Closing of the Frontier A. 1890 Census Bureau announced that the nation was so settled there could hardly be said to be a frontier line. B. Frederick Jackson Turner, At the meeting of historians at the World’s Columbian exhibition in Chicago, celebrating the 400 anniversary of Columbus’ first voyage to America C. Turner: “Up to our own day American history has been in 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 settlement westward, explain American development.” D. But now, “four centuries from the discovery of America,at the end of a hundred years of life under the Constitution, the frontier has gone, and with its going has closed the first period of American history.” E. Frontier life evoked a mythological appeal to American life: 1. Individualism – ruggedness and strength: Jefferson and the mythic yeoman
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