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HIS 211 - U.S. History: Reconstruction to the Present - Textbook

Assignment: The Turner Thesis

Frederick Jackson Turner was a famous American historian in the 1890s. He wrote a very influential article called “The Significance of the Frontier in American History.” It quickly became known as the “Turner Thesis.”  Read the Turner Thesis and in a paragraph or two (250-300 words) answer the following:

  1. What is the Turner Thesis? (What is the frontier and why is it significant to the development of American history?)
  2. What specific quotes, passages, and lines from the document led you to that conclusion?


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