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  1. The great West as the true point of view in the history of the United-States
    1. Frontier or meeting point between civilization and savagery
    2. Frontier or a steady movement away from the influence of Europe
  2. The frontier or the promotion of the democracy
    1. The rise of individualism
    2. A justification for the American expansion

Towards the end of the 19th century, the United State grew in puissance. Americans tried to set themselves apart from the European influence. Indeed the need for identity emerged as an important milestone especially since reconstruction had proved to be a failure. It is also the gilded age period which provided the United States with a changed and a new assurance. Further, it was in this period of questioning, that the American historian Frederick Jackson Turner made a remarkable difference. Frederick Jackson Turner, delivered to the American Historical Association in 1893 at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, an essay entitled ?The Significance of the Frontier in American History.' In his essay, he has explained that the development in the United States was due to the Frontier and not due to the estranged European influence.

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