Frontierland: The Myth of Frederick Jackson Turner’s Frontier Thesis The popular conception of Frederick Jackson Turner’s 1893 essay, “The Significance of the Frontier in American History,” is that Turner was a cheerleader for the influence of the frontier on American and European culture, painting it in glowing, positive terms.
When I gave things a second chance, I overcame my fears and I’m more willing try something else.
Sometimes people are more scared to try new things or are too scared to learn from their mistakes that they will not be able to enjoy themselves as much as they could have.
Francaviglia says: “As if taking cues from Turner’s essay, the works of Disney help enshrine the frontier and sustain the dialogue about its validity that continues into the twenty-first century.” Turner’s portrayal is often described as “romantic,” and he is cited as perpetuating the “Frontier myth.” Some sources cherry-pick Turner’s work for positive-sounding endorsements of the frontier character, such as this: That courseness and strength combined with acuteness and inquisitiveness; that practical, inventive turn of mind, quick to find expedients; that masterful grasp of material things, lacking in the artistic but powerful to effect great ends; that restless, nervous energy;—that dominant individualism, working for good and for evil, and withal that buoyancy and exuberance which come with freedom—these are traits of frontier, or traits called out elsewhere because of the existence of the frontier.
Quoted by Bridges, Anne, Russell Clement, and Ken Wise, But Turner’s actual essay is far from glowingly positive, and seems equivocal, if not on net negative, about the effect of the frontier.