The American Historical Association Of The Frontier Essay

2018 Words May 12th, 2016 9 Pages
Introduction Throughout history there have been countless significant events that have provoked immense change in the world. These events, dating back to as early as 8000 B.C., have caused massive effects and became turning points in the world we live in today. All through history many occurrences share underlying themes, some of which will be expressed in this essay. Building the U.S. economy is amongst the many themes that are shared and repeated throughout history. The closing of the frontier in 1890 was an event that changed the way many people thought and lived. A year after the Oklahoma Land Rush, the director of the U.S. Census Bureau announced the closing of the frontier. The 1890 census had shown that a frontier line no longer existed. The announcement impressed the historian Frederick Jackson Turner. 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 and that the frontier had shaped American history as well as produced the practicality, energy, and individualism of the American character and that America would seek new frontiers overseas. The production of the automobile was a significant event that helped build U.S. economy. At the beginning of the century the automobile entered the transportation market as a toy for the rich. However, it became increasingly popular among the…

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