From Library Journal
Editor Faragher (history, Yale Univ.) has assembled ten of Turner's writings into one source. One hundred years after Turner's Significance of the Frontier sent a shock wave through academia, his writings continue to spark historical debate. Faragher introduces the essays and concludes the work with a discussion of American frontier historiography. Turner believed that America needed to channel its expansionistic energy into developing distinct regional identities. These regional differences, he felt, would add variety to American homogeneity, sparking growth and creativity. Through his writings, Turner attempted to convince his colleagues of the importance of studying place as well as events throughout history in order to capture the sense of what it means to be an American. Recommended for academic libraries supporting research in American history.Terri L. Summey, Emporia State Univ., Kan.
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About the Author
John Mack Faragheris the Howard R. Lamar Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University. He is the author of many books on the American frontier, including Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer, which received a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and, most recently, A Great and Noble Scheme.