Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-century America

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1992 - History - 850 pages
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The concluding volume of Richard Slotkin's highly acclaimed trilogy draws on a wide range of sources to examine the pervasive influence of Wild West myths on American culture and politics.
  

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Review: Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-Century America

User Review  - Courtney - Goodreads

Lengthy read but decent. I might have enjoyed it more if I wasn't taking notes at the same time. Plus it had to be finished in a week for discussion. Of course some chapters are much more interesting ... Read full review

Review: Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-Century America

User Review  - Courtney - Goodreads

Lengthy read but decent. I might have enjoyed it more if I wasn't taking notes at the same time. Plus it had to be finished in a week for discussion. Of course some chapters are much more interesting ... Read full review

Contents

The Significance of the Frontier Myth in
1
The Mythology of Progressivism 18801902
27
Buffalo Bill and
63
Modernization
88
Outlaws Detectives
125
Virility Vigilante Politics
156
Myth
194
Origins of the Hardboiled Detective 191o1940
217
The Zapata
405
Scenario and Vera Cruz 1954
433
Imagining
441
Gunfighter Nation Myth Ideology
487
Watts Newark Detroit 196g196y Exceptional
555
The Mylai Massacre The Wild Bunch
578
The Crisis of Public Myth
624
The Alternative Western 19yo19y6 Murderous
643

Colonizing a Mythic Landscape
229
The Studio System the Depression and the Eclipse
257
The Western and
313
Democracy and Force The Western
345
1950
366
The Cult of the Gunfighter 19501953
379
Imagining America
654
Notes
663
Bibliography
767
Index
829
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Richar Slotkin is the Olin Professor of American Studies at Wesleyan University. He is the author of Gunfighter Nation and Regeneration Through Violence, both National Book Award Finalists, and The Crater.

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