The Great Mysteries Of The Modern World Essay

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One of the great mysteries of the modern world is why and how America became such an economic and democratic success. The most salient explanation for this distinctive economic and democratic success of America is the Myth of the Frontier. As debatably the lasting of American myths, with roots in colonial times and a commanding enduring presence in modern culture, the Frontier Myth instilled Americans with the ideas of the perennial rebirth, fluidity of life, new opportunities, and continuous touch with the simplicity of primitive society. This Myth of the Frontier is the “intelligible mask of that enigma called the national character” of America (Richard Slotkin).
The exposition of the view of the Frontier was due to Fredrick Jason Turner in 1893. Turner postulated that the availability of “an area of free land, its continuous recession, and the advance of American settlement westward, explain American development” (Turner, pp.1). The most significant thing about the American frontier is ”that it lies at the hither edge of free land”. Initially, the frontier was the Atlantic coast. By beginning of the eighteenth century the Americans had settled in Ohio, southern Indiana and Illinois, southeastern Missouri, and about one-half of Louisiana (Potter, 1954). These settled areas had surrounded Indian settlements, and the management of these tribes by the Americans was questionable. According to Fredrick Turner, the Indians were only marginalized. However, according to Buffalo…

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