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What Makes Texas Unique?

April 3, 2016 | Author: | Posted in literature and language


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The focal point of this is to utilize the Frederick Jackson Turner ‘s essay `The Significance of the Frontier in American History` to produce a five paragraph essay dealing with size , self reliance personality of the people and who could have survived in the rough weather , terrain and the Longhorn cattle , the first economic power of Texas . The Significance of the Frontier in American History could be regarded as a [banner_entry_middle]

decisive essay by Turner who was a historian by profession

In Turner ‘s own words it can be stated that The peculiarity of American institutions is , the fact that they have been compelled to adapt themselves to the changes of an expanding people–to the changes involved in crossing a continent , in winning a wilderness , and in developing at each area of this progress out of the primitive economic and political conditions of the frontier into the complexity of city life (Turner , 1981 , 1 ) while dealing with the perspective and self reliance of the people of Texas . Thus it is obvious that Turner looks upon the population as a group of hard working people who have worked out their way despite several atrocities of nature and natives specifically the population of Germanic origin . He mentions about the germ theory in politics and tries to convey the readers about the significant developments of the settlers who sustained life in the midst of hardship and toil . However his idea of the size of the West includes areas that would not be included under the perspective of Texas under modern recognition as his idea of the land included Louisiana , Illinois southern Indiana , southeastern Missouri and Ohio . There were also the Great Lakes , Florida and the region around Mississippi River

Frederick Jackson Turner was specifically interested with the personality of the people and who could have survived in the rough weather and terrain of the region . He especially pays his tribute to the farmers , cattle-raisers , miner , fur trader who moved on to the west from their eastern settlements and developing into newer breed of pioneer farmer , cattle-raiser , hunter and fur trader . These people were few in number and odds were heavily against them but without leaving their ground they fought hard to gain golden harvests that were essential for survival . It is this battle for survival that impresses turner to a great extent and he finds these men to be extremely hard boiled in character and pays tribute to their never say die attitude through his writings . He was so compelled by their hardships that Turner mentions that The unequal rate of advance compels us to distinguish the frontier into the trader ‘s frontier , the rancher ‘s frontier , or the miner ‘s frontier , and the farmer ‘s frontier (Turner , 1981 , 12

But noting about Texas is completed without its breed of Longhorn cattle , the first economic power of Texas . Turner mentions this business as the business… [banner_entry_footer]


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