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MERLE CURTI with the assistance of others. The Making of an American Commu nity : A Case Study of Democracy in a Frontier County. Pp. vii, 483. Stan ford : Stanford University Press, 1959. $8.50

Book DepartmentMERLE CURTI with the assistance of others. The Making of an American Commu nity : A Case Study of Democracy in a Frontier County. Pp. vii, 483. Stan ford : Stanford University Press, 1959. $8.50 SAGE Publications, Inc.1959DOI: 10.1177/000271625932400126 Harry Elmer Barnes It is probable that no other document of anything like comparable brevity ever exerted so extensive and enduring an influence on the writing and interpretation of American history as the paper on "The Significance of the Frontier in American History," read by Frederick Jackson Turner, then a young professor at the University of Wisconsin, at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. It dominated most of the historical writing which dealt with the development of the West and deeply affected the interpretation of American history in general, even that of developments after the frontier was officially closed in 1890. It was Turner's general view that the history of the West was an example of the development of an ever-advancing frontier which created a society and social ideals that profoundly influenced the history of the whole country, both directly in the West and, by their reaction, in the East. Specifically, his thesis was that the frontier offered http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science SAGE

MERLE CURTI with the assistance of others. The Making of an American Commu nity : A Case Study of Democracy in a Frontier County. Pp. vii, 483. Stan ford : Stanford University Press, 1959. $8.50

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Book DepartmentMERLE CURTI with the assistance of others. The Making of an American Commu nity : A Case Study of Democracy in a Frontier County. Pp. vii, 483. Stan ford : Stanford University Press, 1959. $8.50 SAGE Publications, Inc.1959DOI: 10.1177/000271625932400126 Harry Elmer Barnes It is probable that no other document of anything like comparable brevity ever exerted so extensive and enduring an influence on the writing and interpretation of American history as the paper on "The Significance of the Frontier in American History," read by Frederick Jackson Turner, then a young professor at the University of Wisconsin, at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. It dominated most of the historical writing which dealt with the development of the West and deeply affected the interpretation of American history in general, even that of developments after the frontier was officially closed in 1890. It was Turner's general view that the history of the West was an example of the development of an ever-advancing frontier which created a society and social ideals that profoundly influenced the history of the whole country, both directly in the West and, by their reaction, in the East. Specifically, his thesis was that the frontier offered
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