Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Jo Ann Carrigan


Throughout the Midwest there was are literally hundreds of small towns, some of them quite cosmopolitan in character because of their urban neighbors, and orthers seemingly more than a hundred years behind the times. These villages were, at one time, all vanguards of the great frontier movement in American history. In spite of their differences today, during their formative years they displayed a commality that allows historians to speculate on the nature of the frontier process. This study is an effort to test Frederick Jackson Turner's theory of individualism and social mobility in a particular Iowa frontier community in the period 1870-1920. This quantitative examination will supplement the case studies now in existence or in progress to the point at which a larger, more emcompassing picture of the social mobility factor can be drawn. By test certain factors and familiar assumptions in a specific situation "fresh light may be thrown upon old problems and so give rise to further investigation."


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1971, Charles Emery Richards

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