Write a 4-page (minimum) paper: normal margins, typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, well-edited, and stapled. Make sure to focus on addressing the questions below in a well-organized and easy to follow format.
The four page requirement means (at least-“minimum”) four full pages of your original text, rather than a creatively spaced four page paper. Also, four pages is just the minimum, as you may certainly submit a lengthier paper.
Avoid lengthy quotations from the assigned readings. You should provide (at a minimum) four full pages of your original analysis, rather than simply copying and pasting large sections from the reading into your paper. Some small in text quotations are acceptable but avoid lengthy block quotations.
Make sure your paper includes a proper introduction and conclusion. Make sure to draw all your information from the assigned readings for each paper assignment.
You should avoid including outside sources and focus instead on providing a careful and substantive comprehensive analysis of Turner’s essay and Ridge’s article (which eliminates the need for a bibliography or works cited page).
Since you are using only two assigned sources for the writing of this paper, there is no need to provide a bibliography or works cited page.
Please carefully read Frederick Jackson Turner’s The Significance of the Frontier in American History and Martin Ridge’s article “Life of an Idea.” Then, based on these readings, in a well-introduced and well-organized traditional essay format, please address the following questions.
Carefully define the Turner Thesis. What are its key arguments? According to Turner, how did the frontier change the characteristics of Americans and make them different from other peoples? How did it make Americans more democratic?
According to Ridge, how was the Turner Thesis historically received by Americans and others? What theory about the American past did it replace? What is its (Turner’s thesis, not the frontier) significance in U.S. history?
Make sure to give examples from the readings to both sets of essay questions.
HERE IS THE LINK TO THE JACKSON TURNER ARTICLE – https://www.historians.org/about-aha-and-membership/aha-history-and-archives/historical-archives/the-significance-of-the-frontier-in-american-history