This issue’s most notable article is an essay on sectionalism from American historian Frederick Jackson Turner. Other stories include the rise of prohibition and temperance sentiment in 1840s Wisconsin and a description of the University of Wisconsin in the late 19th century by the daughter of the university’s president.
The Significance of the Section in American History: In this essay (not to be confused with the same author's "Significance of the Frontier in American History"), Frederick Jackson Turner (1861-1932) starts by defining "section" as more than simply the North/South antagonism already familiar to historians. He argues that the East/West distinction is also a powerful one, and that physical geography and regional settlement patterns of ethnic immigrants are all part of sectionalism. These sectional forces created what he calls a "faint image" of the Old World on the North American continent, and gives examples of how geography, ethnicity, and regional economic forces intersected with one another. He concludes by urging historians to pay more attention to geography, and all Americans to restrain sectional interests in favor of national ones. (25 pages)
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