Unit 6Lesson 8 - Conflict ChartLesson Objective: In this lesson, the student will describe the impact of westward expansion on the American culture."The existence of an area of free land, its continuous recession, and the advance of American settlement westward explain American development." These are the words of Frederick Jackson Turner, an American historian who lived from 1861-1932. Turner believed that the distinct history of the United States could best be explained by its frontier past. Turner further argued that the closing of the frontier by 1890 had ended an era in American history. While most historians today disagree that the frontier is the key to American history as a whole, the significance of the closing of the west cannot be ignored. The passing of the frontier had a psychological impact on Americans – many realized the opportunity for a new opportunity to start over disappeared with the frontier.
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American History, Native Americans in the United States, frontier thesis