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Frederick Jackson Turner: Wisconsin’s Historian of the Frontier

Frederick Jackson Turner: Wisconsin’s Historian of the Frontier
Frederick Jackson Turner: Wisconsin’s Historian of the Frontier
Paperback: $12.95
80 pages, 24 b&w photos and illus. 6 x 9
ISBN: 9780870202469

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press

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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.



Martin Ridge was a Senior Research Associate at the Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, California — a position first held by Frederick Jackson Turner. He died in 2003.

Frederick Jackson Turner was an American historian based at the University of Wisconsin, and later Harvard University, in the early 20th Century who is most remembered for his "Frontier Thesis," which drew from his essays on the American frontier like "The Significance of the Frontier in American History." In his thesis, Turner argued that the moving western frontier shaped American democracy and the American character. Turner died in 1932 but his "Frontier Thesis" is still studied today.