Turner Thesis Essay

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Turner Thesis



Fredrick Jackson Turner developed the thesis that the American West created and reinforced
the American ideals of: equality, democracy, opportunity, and individualism. I disagree
with Turnerís thesis and feel that the American West created just the opposite. It
created a period of inopportunity and inequality especially between the rich and the poor
classes of the time period.

There are many things to show that Turnerís thesis was off beam. The Homestead Act was
one such thing. This act gave every person who wanted it the opportunity to take free
land. However, the government gave more plots of land to important people that they did
to ordinary people. Also, land speculators snatched up big portions of land and held on
to them so that they could sell them for profit at a later time. This left the ordinary
people with much less land to live on and much less opportunity. This shows inequality
between the different classes of this time period.

Another thing to show inequality between the different classes in the period of 1865 to
1900 was the new version of the reaper invented by Cyrus McCormick. This was expensive
and not all could afford it, once again showing unequal opportunity. This led to a
disadvantage for the poorer folk and left them with much more labor. The people who could
afford this reaper profited more than those who didnít, thus showing inequality between
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