HST112 Midterm #1

HST112 Midterm #1 - Joe Littman History 112 Professor...

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Joe Littman History 112 Professor Jackson 17 October 2010 Question 1 In 1893, historian Frederick Jackson Turner wrote “The Frontier Thesis”, which was essentially the idea that the movement west by United States citizens and the spirit that drove them west sets Americans apart from their European counterparts. This thesis has been criticized for the disrespect shown by Turner to Native Americans. Turner called the land to the west “free land,” ignoring the fact that the land was inhabited by Native Americans: Some have long disputed the very idea of a frontier of "free land." Turner's formulation ignored the presence of the numerous Indian peoples whose subjugation was required by the nation's westward march, and assumed that the bulk of newly acquired lands were actually democratically distributed to yeomen pioneers. The numerous Indian wars provoked by American expansion belie Turner's argument that the American "free land" frontier was a sharp contrast with European nations' borders with other states. (The West)
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This note was uploaded on 12/28/2011 for the course HST 112 taught by Professor Winkler during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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HST112 Midterm #1 - Joe Littman History 112 Professor...

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