A Printing and the Mind of Man TitleFrederick Jackson Turner. "The Significance of the Frontier in American History." [Published in:] Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin at its Forty-First Annual Meeting Held December 14, 1893. Madison, WI: Democrat Printing Company, 1894. First print appearance of Turner's important lecture on the American frontier. Octavo. [1-3], 4-173, [3, blank] pages, illustrated with frontispiece and two additional inserted plates. Turner's address appearing on thirty-four pages beginning with page seventy-nine. Later perfect binding incorporating original printed wrappers, original spine perished, previously side-stitched, staples since removed. Faint marginal toning to wrappers and text block, small closed tears near joints. Very good, restored. Printing and the Mind of Man, 379.
"This brief address, given by the professor of history at the University of Wisconsin to the American Historical Association during the Chicago World Fair on 12 July 1893, initiated a novel interpretation of the course of American history...
"...he put forward the theory that the uninterrupted search for 'free land' and its corollary, the constantly moving 'frontier', 'with its new opportunities, its continuous touch with the simplicity of primitive society, furnish the forces dominating American character.' The trader, the rancher, the farmer, the missionary, the soldier, they all contributed to 'this perennial rebirth, this fluidity of American life'; the necessity of setting up, again and again, new forms of administrative, judicial and governmental institutions made the 'frontier' a sort of political laboratory of democracy. In short, Turner - to quote the Dictionary of American Biography - 'regarded the frontier less as a place than as a continuous process sweeping the continent.'" - Printing and the Mind of Man, 379.
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