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(WEST.) Turner, Frederick Jackson. The Significance of the Frontier in American History, pages 79-112 of an annual issue of Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Frontispiece plate. 173 pages. 8vo, original wrappers, moderate wear, backstrip chipped, front wrapper coming loose; contents clean with minor edge wear; uncut. Madison, WI, 1894
first edition of perhaps the most influential essay on American history. Turner observed that "up to our own day American history has been in a large degree the history of the colonization of the Great West" and concluded that "the frontier has gone, and with its going has closed the first period of American history." Turner's "Frontier Thesis" remains enormously influential among American historians, and hotly debated. To this day, the Frederick Jackson Turner Award is a great honor within the historical profession.
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