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Published in Great Plains Research 3:1 (February 1993), pp. 142-144. Copyright © 1993 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Used by permission.


This slender volume, a revision of a recent doctoral dissertation, is an exercise in intellectual history that examines attitudes, concerns, and beliefs about the passing of the frontier and its consequences for American civilization. It is a study of elite opinion; common folk and their ideas are not treated here. Of the many intellectuals discussed writers, journalists, academicians, prominent politicians none receives more attention than Frederick Jackson Turner, the eminent historian who synthesized his famous frontier thesis exactly a century ago.