" The Significance of the Frontier in American History " is a seminal essay by the American historian Frederick Jackson Turner which advanced the Frontier Thesis of American history . It was presented to a special meeting of the American Historical Association at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago , Illinois in 1893, and published later that year first in Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin , then in the Annual Report of the American Historical Association . It has been subsequently reprinted and anthologized many times, and was incorporated into Turner's 1921 book, The Frontier in American History , as Chapter I.
In a 1993 interview with The Washington Post, about the time the Clinton health care plan was being formulated and the thesis was being sealed, the first lady characterized her college writing as an argument against big government, supporting Alinsky's criticism of the War on Poverty programs. “I basically argued that he was right,” she told the newspaper. “Even at that early stage I was against all these people who come up with these big government programs that were more supportive of bureaucracies than actually helpful to people. You know, I've been on this kick for 25 years.”