This is a 15 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on the Western Expansion in the United States - Closing of the Frontier. Each of the slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
In 1890 the superintendent of the U.S. Census announced that rapid western settlement meant that "there can hardly be said to be a frontier line." In just 25 years, the far western frontier had been settled. Three million families started farms on the Great Plains during these years. Contrary to the popular image of the West as a rural region, by 1890 most of the West's population lived in cities. Not only was the Trans-Mississippi West the country's most culturally diverse region, it was also by 1890, the most urbanized.
In 1893, three years after the superintendent of the Census announced that the western frontier was closed, Frederick Jackson Turner, a historian from the University of Wisconsin, advanced a thesis that the conquest of the western frontier had given American society its special character.
Turner argued: The conquest of the western frontier as the nation's formative experience, which had shaped the nation's character and values. Western expansion accounted for Americans' optimism, their rugged independence, and their stress on adaptability, ingenuity, and self reliance.
The presentation covers the following:
The Turner Thesis
Federal Governments Involvement
Cody’s Wild West Show
Impact of Film & Novels
John Wesley Powell
Example: Los Angeles
Los Angeles Today
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