Using an interdisciplinary perspective, I have drawn materials from writers who took a philosophical view of the frontier, from the daring and hardy people who pushed the frontier across the American continent, and from historians who recorded the whole experience. I then compared those records with literary formulations. I came to the conclusion, which is the thesis of my work, that the frontier experience, both in theory and actuality, had a great deal of influence on the culture and development of America. In turn, cultural and literary expressions of the frontiering process modified or expanded our concepts of the frontier.
McCabe, M. M. (1982). The American Frontier and its Cultural Forms (Undergraduate honors thesis, University of Redlands). Retrieved from http://inspire.redlands.edu/proudian/60