Edited by Martin Ridge
Wisconsin Historical Society Classic Edition Reprint
Rediscover the best-known and most influential essays by and about the American frontier by renown historian Frederick Jackson Turner (1861-1932), the University of Wisconsin-Madison professor who was first to suggest how the American national character had been influenced by the freedom of the frontier. The Wisconsin-born historian's ideas and writings had a profound impact upon the way Americans view their past, and their place in the world.
This is a book not only for the scholar and teacher (who will find it both useful and incisive), but also for the mythic "general reader" who wants to broaden and enrich his acquaintanceship with Turner and the celebrated Frontier Thesis. In addition to essays by Turner -- and by editor Martin Ridge of The Huntington Library and the late Ray Allen Billington -- the book is illustrated with photos from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin collections.
This book was first printed by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press in 1986 and was brought back to print in 2016 with this edition.