Use Fredrick Jackson Turner’s thesis “The Significance of the Frontier in American History” as your text, write an essay that draws connections between Turner’s thesis and the selections of American Literature covered in the last section.
Turner believed in a vital link between the American frontier and American civilization (society). The frontier existed to serve society, as a source of renewal and regeneration. The frontier transforms Europeans (and European society) into Americans. So the frontier is not just a natural space but a vital social space that assists in building a nation and naturalizing immigrants. Turner’s recognition that the frontier was lost caused him to look to the past nostalgically and to the future regretfully. Turner’s insights brought to light the fact that America was in transition.