The Turner Theses - History RFD

It is also clear that France feared the power of First Nations, especially the Iroquois League. An ally of England since the expulsion of the Dutch from what is now New York, the Iroquois had engaged in a long series of wars with France and its Indian allies. In 1701 the French finally made peace with the League as part of a diplomatic maneuver to prepare for an imminent war with England, giving the Iroquois the right "to come to Montreal to obtain your necessities and the right to hunt without being disturbed by the Savages allies of Onnontio [the French King]."

For Turner the significance was in what this all meant for the development of American character.

The and the World Wide Web are often seen as part of a new "electronic frontier," with profound implications for the future of communications, the society and the economy. The slogan "the Internet is free" echoes the "free land" mantra of the Turner thesis. Indeed, opposition to pay walls and subscription services resembles the pioneer quest for free land unencumbered by ownership claims. Scholars analyzing the Internet have often cited Frederick Jackson Turner's frontier model. Of special concern is the question whether the electronic frontier will replicate the stages of development of the American land frontier. is a major presence on the electronic frontier, and the Wikipedia editors have been explicitly compared to the pioneers of Turner's American frontier in terms of their youth, aggressiveness, boldness, equalitarianism and rejection of limitations.


Turner Thesis Summary - Research Paper - 656 Words

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These statements by Abernethy, as well as those of Davidson and Lytle, as to the implications ofhis study of the Tennessee frontier for the Turner thesis are, to say the least, most puzzling. Certainly Turner'sdescription of frontier society and its impact on American institutions and character was much less romantic andidealistic than they suggest. As we have seen, time and again in his frontier essays he acknowledged that therewere, indeed, "serpents" (and "scum") in his frontier society, that "economic and political 'privilege'" was verymuch in evidence in his "Sylvan scene." Although it is true, as the British historian H. C. Allen, for example, haspointed out, that the role of land speculators on the frontier received too little attention in Turner's frontieressays, surely they were among the evils of frontier individualism that he had in mind in his references to the "strenuouscompetition for the spoils of the new country," the "laxity in government affairs" and in "financialintegrity," and "the natural resources open to the shrewdest and the boldest," and in his observation that