The Frontier In American History Analysis

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History is all of a matter of opinion when it comes to being studied, taught, and analyzed. All over the world, history is taught through different perspectives, and in each different country of the world, it has its variations depending on the country’s standing when the moment in time the history was taking place. Though each country throughout the world sees history differently from one another, the United States has split views about the foundation of our history. Three historians, Turner, Hofstadter, and Beard, all have opposing views about the history that created a foundation for success of the United States. Though Beard and Hofstadter make compelling points, Turner’s idea of the foundation of history, dating back to the frontier, is …show more content…
His point of view, in the matter of the foundation of American history, was that the time in which the frontier was expanding, is the most important time in American History, giving a frame for the future and reason as to where The United States is today. In chapter one, of Turner 's book, The Frontier in American History, it discusses how the United States expanded from the Appalachians to beyond the Rocky Mountains, and how different European and Native American influences, which were both adopted and abandoned, affected the expansion socially, economically, and literally. The expansion of the frontier was caused by a rush of new opportunities from the West. “The Atlantic frontier was compounded of fisherman, fur trader, miner, cattle raiser, and farmer. Excepting the fisherman, each type of industry was on the march toward the West, impelled by an irresistible attraction (Turner).” Because of minimal occupations within the time period, there was a greater chance of success with specific occupations, not including the fisherman, to relocate, and to help those who were also moving into the frontier, causing those to depended on them, therefore, having a constant economic …show more content…
This caused for American ideas and influences to develop. With this in mind, Turner discusses on the East coast, how different European countries such as, France, England, Ireland, and Germany had an influence on a majority of the states located on the East Coast, but in the frontier, as it was developing, their influences of these European countries were no longer seen within the frontier. The expansion of the frontier was the time where American history and influences of their own were born (Turner). These statements prove that our history, such as traditions and influences were created because of the frontier and those who followed it all the way to the West

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