On the Frontier

Amy Hill Shevitz

in Jewish Communities on the Ohio River

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124308
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134932 | DOI:
On the Frontier

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This chapter looks at a linear model created by Frederick Jackson Turner that created a common conception of the American frontier as the meeting point between savagery and civilization. However, this model creates a false dichotomy, oversimplifying the experiences of Americans who participated in settling the continent. The chapter also examines life along the Ohio River Valley, which was one of the Jewish frontiers long after it stopped being a national frontier.

Keywords: linear model; Frederick Jackson Turner; American frontier; experiences; Ohio River Valley; Jewish frontiers; common conception

Chapter.  9409 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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