How are such things as liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, populism, and laissez-faire individually connected to the Western time period?liberty: freedom egalitarianism: belief in equality of...

How are such things as liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, populism, and laissez-faire individually connected to the Western time period?

liberty: freedom

egalitarianism: belief in equality of all people

individualism: all focus is on the individual

populism: belief that the government should make every decision based on the concerns of the majority of the people

laissez-faire: belief that the government should intervene very little in economic affairs

western era: roughly 1860s-1890s

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Looking at how you have defined the "western time period," I assume that you are asking about this specifically in the context of the United States.  If so, all of these things are connected to the western time period through (as Frederick Jackson Turner argued) the influence of the frontier.

During the time period you are asking about, the United States was characterized, as much as anything, by westward expansion.  This was the time of cowboys, the Indian wars, and the "Old West" in general.  Turner argued that this experience of going out into the frontier shaped the American character.  He argued that it generally created an American ethos in which people expected to be self-reliant.  All of the things that you mention flow from this basic attitude.  All of them come from the idea that individual Americans were able, on their own, to overcome the hardships and demands of creating and living on frontiers.  

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