The development of the west was, in fact, A Century of Dishonor.” The frontier thesis, which Turner proposed in 1893 at the World’s Columbian Exposition, viewed the frontier as the sole preserver of the American psyche of democracy and republicanism by compelling Americans to conquer and to settle new areas. This thesis gives a somewhat quixotic explanation of expansion, as opposed to Helen Hunt Jackson’s book, A Century of Dishonor, which truly portrays the settlement of the west as a pattern of cruelty and conceit. Thus, the frontier thesis, offered first in The Significance of the Frontier in American History, is, in fact, false, like the myth of the west. Many historians, however, have attempted to debunk the mythology of the west. Specifically, these historians have refuted the common beliefs that cattle ranging was accepted as legal by the government, that the said business was profitable, that cattle herders were completely independent from any outside influence, and that anyone could become a cattle herder.
The images of cowboys and pioneers are in the American conscience because of what Turner said in that the west created the American we know today and gave everyone a new unique identity. The part that he did not emphasize enough was the harsh times and failures that many of those who looked to the west as a place of hope whether that was for gold, cattle, farming, or religious freedom. The 1890 census might have declared the frontier closed but it was now a place that would fight for its new identity.
The meanings of the light and darkness within the painting symbolize the known and unknown of the land in America. The west is viewed as dark and mysterious, while the east is welcoming and prosperous. American Progress contains multiple characters all ... ... middle of paper ... ...several audiences to gain majority of the people’s support for moving west. Overall, American Progress purpose was to convince Americans that it was their destiny to stretch across the land from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean in order to make the society a better constructive place. American Progress portrays western expansion and Manifest Destiny as a glorious and righteous thing.
Such access gained legal justification through the 1904 Roosevelt Corollary to the Munroe Doctrine, which claimed U.S. interventionist rights in any nation deemed “unstable,” in est, resis... ... middle of paper ... ...ng U.S. foreign policy in the late 19th to early 20th century requires that one acknowledge the greed and racism that constructed American national identity. This national identity still permeates public rhetoric today as the U.S. continues its mission to “extend democracy” abroad. While modern history textbooks may still emphasize how imperialism was beneficial to occupied nations, a deeper examination of history reveals that infrastructural improvements and supposedly good intentions do little to alleviate the suffering and cultural destruction faced by nations subject to invasion. Works Cited Lears, Jackson. Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern American, 1877-1920.
Essay #2 In Frederick Jackson Turner’s essay, he talked about how he thought the West was where true American character was formed and that the West was the birthplace of democracy. However, in my perspective I don’t only feel that Turner was inaccurate in his analysis, but also very racist and selfish. I believe that Turner wanted to justify why taking over the West would be so necessary and beneficial to Americans. He stated several things in his essay that were obviously undermined by many primary sources in Hollitz’s book. At the time Americans took on the ideology of Manifest Destiny, which basically was the belief that Americans were destined to expand from coast to coast in North America despite the fact that there was people already occupying land on
Ronald Takaki's Iron Cages: Race and Culture in 19th-Century America After America declared its independence from British rule, the founding fathers faced a conundrum: How to build and maintain a successful republican government that was ultimately dependent upon the passions and character of its people. Their solution was to propose the construction of what historians have called "iron cages," which were ideological devices intended to deter the corruption and folly that might consume a free people, and instead promoterational and virtuous American citizens. Ronald Takaki expands upon this concept in his historical analysis, Iron Cages: Race and Culture in 19th-Century America, explaining that these constructs functioned specifically to separate the white man from blacks and Native Americans, who were believed to be devoid of the civility required to build a democratic nation. As patriot leaders attempted to resolve the exclusiveness of American identity to Anglo-Saxon peoples, rhetoric and reality merged to form ideology: In a land where "all men are created equal," race was constructed as a justification for why all men would not be treated equal. Takaki's book illustrates how literature came to play a vital role in the creation and reification of these racial ideologies.
Throughout the poem he continues his characterization of the modern America. At the end of the poem Ginsberg calls on, “the lost America of love”(XX) when questioning what he will do. This phrase highlights what America is for Ginsberg creates and instant dichotomy of what America used to be. America used to be something greater, but its current direction is isolating to Ginsberg. Characterizing this depraved America is not enough for Ginsberg; he calls on how we can confront this
While the concept of conquest can still be found even in today’s US, it was a partial failure in the 19th century. This paper will analyse the individual cultural concepts that developed in this time period and will answer what was the cause for its failure, and what the consequences were. Development of the concept of Aggr... ... middle of paper ... ... expansion was brought about by the need for new territories which stems from one of the fundamentals principles of the country, the need for improvement and the simple economic necessity to expand. The contributing factors were the presented cultural phenomena that developed with the western expansion. It can be argued that the reason for its partial failure was the internal struggle between the pro- and free- slave states and that this situation reached its conclusion in the Civil War.
All things West are elite but a threat to Indian culture as well as the movement of India forward toward a new culture. In conclusion, cultural nationalism is demonstrated through the Grandma in The Shadow Lines but opposed by the character of Tridib and his idealization of Western culture. Also, Gandhi’s autobiography works to add another viewpoint on the struggle between India and the West. His attempts to reconcile the Western world in which he lives with the India that he loves is a tension that all Indians face in this time period. In addition, Rich Like Us contributes its take on the power struggle between the West and India in addition to examining the role of the poor within this reform.
Demise of the Great Gatsby and the American Dream Frances Scott Key Fitzgerald is widely known for his literary classic, The Great Gatsby; a critical novel about the historical “Roaring Twenties”, which took place after World War I. The American dream was originally about freedom, equality and opportunity; through this novel, Fitzgerald declares that the American dream was corrupted during the “roaring twenties” era through the pursuit of wealth and class; which lead to moral decay in society. Therefore, the American dream did not ruin Jay Gatsby, the corruption of wealth and class, which lead to moral decay, influenced him to his demise and the incompletion to his American Dream. The American Dream didn’t ruin Jay Gatsby, the corruption of the American Dream is what ruined him; one of the major corruptions was wealth, this corruption of wealth. According to Parisha Changizi and Parvin Ghasemi at Shiraz University , the attainment of wealth had changed people’s point of view on happiness, the pursuit of happiness transformed to the pursuit of wealth.