Post-Week 3 Discussion - Americans would have migrated westward to seek more space or elbow room even if painters and writers had not romanticized

Post-Week 3 Discussion - Americans would have migrated...

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“Americans would have migrated westward to seek more space or “elbow room” even if painters and writers had not romanticized western landscapes”. Opie Opie (1998) states, "In America, a landscape depleted of wood from a forest, a low tobacco harvest from overused soil, or the end of a vein of iron ore could also be remedied by a fresh start in the western wilderness" (p.116). Opie (1998) stated that Frederick Jackson Turner made a compelling thesis on the frontiersmen, remarking "waves of frontier settlement, moving continuously westward onto "empty land," [was] a phenomenon that supposedly gave Americans their personal sense of individualism, enterprise, optimism, and especially their democratic institutions" (p. 159) I strongly agree with the statement that “Americans would have migrated westward to seek more space or ‘elbow room’ even if painters and writers had not romanticized western landscapes”. America was a growing and developing country. It had been stripped bare of its resources, and Americans were hungry for expansion. Opie (1998) corroborates this statement by claiming

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