American Studies 3

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Turner’s “Frontier Thesis (1893) What makes the American? -written when there was NO MORE frontier -westward expansion 1820s-1860s -transpacific railroad completed 1863-1869 -increased commerce, trade, travel, settlement -Germ Theory: American is a “race”: Seeds of Anglo-Saxon Democracy racially transmitted. Turner proposes something else to Euro nationalism -Space Defines American Society: “The west, at bottom, is a form of society rather than an area.” -American Space is Transformative -American character is always renewed as long as it keeps advancing -”This perennial rebirth, this fluidity of American life, this expansion westward with its new opportunities, its continuous touch with the simplicity of primitive society, furnish the forces dominating the American character. Nation as “ Space” -Manifest Destiny coined 1840’s: America fulfills its destiny in expansion
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Unformatted text preview: -raised issues about slavery and sectionalism-“free state” no blacks in the stae; Opposing slavery did not mean free, multi-racial citizenry-”South” as proto-national grouping connected to world economy-Jacksonian Democracy: opportunity and expansion for everyone with minimal government interference=human progress=Christianity-Social Darwinism: Survival of the Fittest among Humans HW assignments: Willa Cather’s Professor’s House to page 160. Quiz Monday: on lecture and book to page 160 US Identity and Destiny-Emulate other Western powers in Africa and Asia-No more continental frontier-Rise of science and pseudo-scientific discourse about “races”-Threatened US vision of itself as homogenous and as a democracy...
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2012 for the course AMERICAN S 101 taught by Professor Dr.allanpunzalanisaac during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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