The turner thesis and the role of the frontier in american history

Some of the serious mistakes as they relate to American Indians arise from the ideals associated with Manifest Destiny.

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The area was no longer "frontier". This national network created the fabled cattle drives of the s and s. With an insatiable hunger for land and wealth, the young Americans forged ahead, destroying Indian lands, massacring thousands along the way as well as killing their culture, all to achieve their personal goals.

White homesteaders had poured in, reservations were carved up and diminished, starvation set in, corrupt federal agents cut food rations, and drought hit the Plains. Most farm households adopted traditional divisions of labor: Winthrop This was a purposeful, and worthy goal to have.

The Americans eventually won the war. Nardo 13 But, at this time, the Americans were attempting to force their religion upon the Indians so that they could lay claim to their lands. With an insatiable hunger for land and wealth, the young Americans forged ahead, destroying Indian lands, massacring thousands along the way as well as killing their culture, all to achieve their personal goals.

Unfortunately he was wrong. Most Americans believed that Native cultures were disappearing or had already, and felt a sense of urgency to see their dances, hear their song, and be captivated by their bareback riding skills and their elaborate buckskin and feather attire.

The first cattle drives across the central Plains began soon after the Civil War. It was a slaughter. This was a disastrous mistake.

The American West: History, Myth, and Legacy

But a gold rush in drew approximatelywhite gold seekers, and they demanded new treaties be made with local Indian groups to secure land rights in the newly created Colorado Territory. Inwhen the Cherokee Nation filed for Cherokee Nation v. Plantation owners, realizing that emancipation would destroy their economic system, sometimes moved their slaves as far as possible out of reach of the Union army.

Manifest Destiny since its creation, created specific abuses against all those who stood in its path. Leaders and plantation owners were also very concerned about the consequences Haiti's revolution would have on early America.

The Significance of the Frontier in American History

No railroad enterprise so captured the American imagination—or federal support—as the transcontinental railroad. The belief in Manifest Destiny, that white men were destined to own the continent, and that the Indians were to stand aside and watch as their lands were taken away, and their people brutally killed, was the root cause of these atrocities.

Investors reaped enormous profits. The Cherokee were vested with the power to determine whether the citizens of Georgia could enter their territory, subject to treaty provisions and acts of Congress.

Some slave owners had freed their bondspeople and a few state legislatures abolished slavery. We intend to go peaceably Indian Removal This ensured the westward progress that the Americans wanted.

The supporters of Manifest Destiny believed that there was something that was uniquely and exceptionally good about their political and cultural beliefs that justified the unjust treatment of others.

However, the terrifying reality is that the reservations were usually hundreds of miles from where the Indians were accustomed to living. Congress hoped that religiously minded men might fare better at creating just assimilation policies and persuading Indians to accept them.

Frederick Jackson Turner

The 15th amendmentratified inextended the right to vote to black males. This bred contempt for the whites by the Indians, who could not understand why the settlers God wanted the whites to take away all their lands.

Does he identify any threats to that progress? The Indians believed that the treaties guaranteed them their freedoms, just as other Americans were able to enjoy everyday. Turner held that the American character was decisively shaped by conditions on the frontier, in particular the abundance of free land, the settling of which engendered such traits as self-reliance, individualisminventiveness, restless energy, mobility, materialism, and optimism."The Significance of the Frontier in American History" is a seminal essay by the American historian Frederick Jackson Turner which advanced the Frontier Thesis of American history.

THE TURNER THESIS: CONCERNING THE ROLE OF THE FRONTIER IN AMERICAN HISTORY is a series of critical essays on both sides of the debates regarding the settling of the western portion of the North American Continent.4/4(1).

I. Introduction. Native Americans long dominated the vastness of the American West. Linked culturally and geographically by trade, travel, and warfare, various indigenous groups controlled most of the continent west of the Mississippi River deep into the nineteenth century.

The Social Contract Summer Professor Hirschman wrote this book while in residence at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. The Frontier in American History (Dover Books on Americana) - Kindle edition by Frederick Jackson Turner, Allan G.

Bogue. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Frontier in American History (Dover Books on Americana).

Frederick Jackson Turner, (born November 14,Portage, Wisconsin, U.S.—died March 14,San Marino, California), American historian best known for the “frontier thesis.” The single most influential interpretation of the American past, it proposed that the distinctiveness of the United States was attributable to its long history.

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