Lesson 8 - Unit 6 Lesson 8 Conflict Chart Lesson Objective:...

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Unit 6 Lesson 8 - Conflict Chart Lesson 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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This note was uploaded on 11/24/2010 for the course HISTORY eb34 taught by Professor Bonewell during the Winter '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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