Frederick Jackson Turner and the frontier

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Frederick Jackson Turner and the frontier .  A year after the Oklahoma Land Rush, the director of the U.S. Census Bureau announced that the  frontier was closed. The 1890 census had shown that a frontier line, a point beyond which the  population density was less than two persons per square mile, no longer existed. The announcement  impressed Frederick Jackson Turner, a young historian at the University of Wisconsin. In 1893, he  presented a paper to the American Historical Association entitled “The Significance of the Frontier in  American History.” In it he argued that the experience of the frontier was what distinguished the  United States from Europe; the frontier had shaped American history as well as produced the  practicality, energy, and individualism of the American character. Turner's claims about the effects of 
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