Gunfighter Nation by Richard Slotkin
The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-Century America

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Examines the fundamental ways in which the frontier myth influences American culture and politics, drawing on dime novels, Hollywood westerns, and the writings of political figures.
 

About Richard Slotkin

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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.
 
Published December 1, 1992 by Atheneum. 850 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Allowing for Slotkin's occasional lapses into academese, overemphasis of the western's influence (e.g., the WW II combat film is interpreted in light of ``the savage war,'' as if wars by their nature weren't), and oddly perfunctory nod to recent works such as Lonesome Dove and Dances With Wolves,...

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The myth of the Western frontier--which assumes that whites' conquest of Native Americans and the taming of the wilderness were preordained means to a progressive, civilized society--is embedded in ou

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The myth of the Western frontier--which assumes that whites' conquest of Native Americans and the taming of the wilderness were preordained means to a progressive, civilized society--is embedded in our national psyche.

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