Individualism was king on the frontier.
However, others viewed this interpretation as the impetus for a new wave in the history of United States imperialism. By articulating the end of the American frontier and calling for new frontier abroad, Turner laid the intellectual groundwork for a new kind of U.
Census of had officially stated that the American frontier had broken up. Wikipedia 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 believes that state lines are artificial constructs, and that regions are really divided by natural boundary lines, such as mountains.
Turner sets up the East and the West as opposing forces; as the West strives for freedom, the East seeks to control it. Evolution[ edit ] Frederick Jackson Turner, c. The public has ignored academic historians' anti-Turnerian models, largely because they conflict with and often destroy the icons of Western heritage.
Turner believes that civilization has an orderly evolutionary cycle that starts in the savage state, moves to pastoralism, and ends with cities and industry.
Of course it was not viewed as myth by individuals at the time, and is still pulsing through the American conscious, though weakened, today.
The question is whether their frontiers were powerful enough to overcome conservative central forces based in the metropolis. Each side, the Westerners and the native savages, struggled for mastery of the land through violence. It was popular among New Dealers—Franklin Roosevelt and his top aides  thought in terms of finding new frontiers.