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

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Gunfighter Nation completes Richard Slotkins trilogy, begun in Regeneration Through Violence and continued in Fatal Environment, on the myth of the American frontier. Slotkin examines an impressive array of sources - fiction, Hollywood westerns, and the writings of Hollywood figures and Washington leaders - to show how the racialist theory of Anglo-Saxon ascendance and superiority (embodied in Theodore Roosevelts The Winning of the West), rather than Frederick Jackson Turners thesis of the closing of the frontier, exerted the most influence in popular culture and government policy making in the twentieth century. He argues that Roosevelts view of the frontier myth provided the justification for most of Americas expansionist policies, from Roosevelts own Rough Riders to Kennedys counterinsurgency and Johnsons war in Vietnam.

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In the third of a three-volume study in the development of the myth of the frontier in US literary, popular, and political culture from the colonial period to the present, Slotkin (English, Wesleyan U.) covers Theodore Roosevelt's and Frederick Jackson Turner's visions of the frontier, and the expression of the frontier myth in such popular culture phenomena as dime novels, Buffalo Bill's Wild West, the formula fiction of 1900-40, and the Hollywood film.
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About the Author

Richard Slotkin is Olin Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Wesleyan University. He is the author of Regeneration Through Violence: The Mythology of the American Frontier, 1600-1860 and Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of Frontier in Twentieth-Century America, published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

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ISBN:
9780806130316
Author:
Slotkin, Richard
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Author:
Slotkin, Richard
Location:
Norman :
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
West (U.S.) in literature
Subject:
In literature
Subject:
Western films -- Political aspects.
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.)
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life -- United States.
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Oklahoma paperbacks ed.
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
864
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.6 in 2.7 lb

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