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Gunfighter nation : the myth of the frontier in twentieth-century America, Richard Slotkin

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Gunfighter nation : the myth of the frontier in twentieth-century America
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Gunfighter nation
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the myth of the frontier in twentieth-century America
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Richard Slotkin
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eng
Summary
On July 16, 1960, John F. Kennedy came to the podium of the Los Angeles Coliseum to accept the Democratic Party's nomination as candidate for President. As is customary, Kennedy used his acceptance speech to provide a slogan that would characterize his administration's style of thought and action. "I stand tonight facing West on what was once the last frontier. From the lands that stretch 3000 miles behind me, the pioneers of old gave up their safety, their comfort and sometimes their lives to build a new world here in the West. [But] the problems are not all solved and the battles are not all won, and we stand today on the edge of a new frontier--the frontier of the 1960s, a frontier of unknown opportunities and paths, a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats." By invoking the Frontier as a symbol, Kennedy also tapped into one of the most resonant and persistent American myths. As Richard Slotkin shows in this extraordinarily informed and wide-ranging new book, the myth of the Frontier has been perhaps the most pervasive influence behind American culture and politics in the 20th century. Beginning in 1893 with Frederick Jackson Turner's famous address on the closing of the American frontier, Slotkin examines the transformation from history to myth of events like Custer's last stand and explores the myriad and fundamental ways the myth influences American culture and politics. Although Turner's "Frontier Thesis" became the dominant interpretation of our national experience among academic historians, it was the racialist theory of history (the ascendancy and superiority of the Anglo-Saxon race), embodied in Theodore Roosevelt's The Winning of the West, that was most influential in popular culture and government policy-making over the course of the century. The explicit assumptions about race and civilization in the Frontier myth articulated by Roosevelt provided the justification for most of America's expansionist policies, from Roosevelt's own Rough riders to Kennedy's and Johnson's counterinsurgency policies in Southeast Asia. Thus America's defeat in Vietnam, Slotkin argues, ruptured the very foundation of our public mythology, and caused a crisis of confidence unprecedented in American history. Drawing on an impressive and diverse array of materials from dime novels, pulp fiction and Hollywood westerns to the writings and careers of figures such as Theodore Roosevelt, Owen Wister, Jesse James, Zane Grey, John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, John Wayne and John F. Kennedy, Richard Slotkin reveals the connections that link our mythology with real life, and offers an original, incisive and highly provocative interpretation of our national experience.--Adapted from dust jacket
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1942-
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Slotkin, Richard
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index present
LC call number
E169.12
LC item number
.S57 1992
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non fiction
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  • Popular culture
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Frontier thesis
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Western films
  • West (U.S.)
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Frontier thesis
  • Literature
  • Popular culture
  • Western films
  • United States
  • United States, West
  • Mythen
  • Frontier
  • Mythos
  • Frontier
  • USA
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Gunfighter nation : the myth of the frontier in twentieth-century America, Richard Slotkin
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 767-828) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Contents (chapter headings only): Introduction : the significance of the frontier myth in American history (p.1) -- Part I: The mythology of progressivism, 1880-1902. The winning of the west : Theodore Roosevelt's frontier thesis, 1880-1900 (0.29) -- The white city and the wild west : Buffalo Bill and the mythic space of American history, 1880-1917 (p.63) -- Mob, tribe, and regiment : modernization as militarization, 1883-1902 (p.88) -- Part II: Populists and Progressives : literary myth and ideological style, 1872-1940. Mythologies of resistance : outlaws, detective, and dime-novel populism, 1873-1903 (p.125) -- Aristocracy of violence : viriility, vigilante politics, and red-blooded fiction, 1895-1910 (p.156)
  • Contents (cont.): From the open range to the mean streets : myth and formula fiction, 1910-1940 (p.194) -- Part III: Colonizing a mythic landscape : movie westerns, 1903-1948. Formulas on film : myth and genre in the silent movie, 1903-1926 (p.231) -- The studio system, the Depression, and the eclipse of the western, 1930-1938 (p.255) -- The western is American history, 1939-1941 (p.278) -- Last stands and lost patrols : the western and the war film, 1940-1948 (p.313) -- Part IV: Democracy and force : the western and the cold war, 1946-1960. Studies in red and white : cavalry, Indians and cold war ideology, 1946-1954 (p.347) -- Killer elite : the cult of the gunfighter, 1950-1953 (p.379) -- Imagining Third World revolutions : the "Zapata problem" and the counterinsurgency scenario, 1952-1954 (p.405)
  • Contents (cont.): Gunfighters and Green Berets : Imagining the counterinsurgency warrior, 1956-1960 (p.441) -- Part V: Gunfighter nation : myth, ideology, and violence on the new frontier, 1960-1970. Conquering new frontiers : John Kennedy, John Wayne, and the myth of heroic leadership, 1960-1968 (p.489) -- Attrition : the big unit war, the riots, and the counterinsurgency western, 1965-1968 (p.534) -- Cross-over point : the Mylai massacre, The wild bunch, and the demoralization of America, 1969-1972 (p.578) -- Conclusion : the crisis of public myth (p.624) -- Notes (p.663) -- Bibliography (p.767) -- Index (p.829)
Control code
25281419
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 850 pages
Isbn
9780689121630
Lccn
92004446
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)25281419
Label
Gunfighter nation : the myth of the frontier in twentieth-century America, Richard Slotkin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 767-828) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Contents (chapter headings only): Introduction : the significance of the frontier myth in American history (p.1) -- Part I: The mythology of progressivism, 1880-1902. The winning of the west : Theodore Roosevelt's frontier thesis, 1880-1900 (0.29) -- The white city and the wild west : Buffalo Bill and the mythic space of American history, 1880-1917 (p.63) -- Mob, tribe, and regiment : modernization as militarization, 1883-1902 (p.88) -- Part II: Populists and Progressives : literary myth and ideological style, 1872-1940. Mythologies of resistance : outlaws, detective, and dime-novel populism, 1873-1903 (p.125) -- Aristocracy of violence : viriility, vigilante politics, and red-blooded fiction, 1895-1910 (p.156)
  • Contents (cont.): From the open range to the mean streets : myth and formula fiction, 1910-1940 (p.194) -- Part III: Colonizing a mythic landscape : movie westerns, 1903-1948. Formulas on film : myth and genre in the silent movie, 1903-1926 (p.231) -- The studio system, the Depression, and the eclipse of the western, 1930-1938 (p.255) -- The western is American history, 1939-1941 (p.278) -- Last stands and lost patrols : the western and the war film, 1940-1948 (p.313) -- Part IV: Democracy and force : the western and the cold war, 1946-1960. Studies in red and white : cavalry, Indians and cold war ideology, 1946-1954 (p.347) -- Killer elite : the cult of the gunfighter, 1950-1953 (p.379) -- Imagining Third World revolutions : the "Zapata problem" and the counterinsurgency scenario, 1952-1954 (p.405)
  • Contents (cont.): Gunfighters and Green Berets : Imagining the counterinsurgency warrior, 1956-1960 (p.441) -- Part V: Gunfighter nation : myth, ideology, and violence on the new frontier, 1960-1970. Conquering new frontiers : John Kennedy, John Wayne, and the myth of heroic leadership, 1960-1968 (p.489) -- Attrition : the big unit war, the riots, and the counterinsurgency western, 1965-1968 (p.534) -- Cross-over point : the Mylai massacre, The wild bunch, and the demoralization of America, 1969-1972 (p.578) -- Conclusion : the crisis of public myth (p.624) -- Notes (p.663) -- Bibliography (p.767) -- Index (p.829)
Control code
25281419
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 850 pages
Isbn
9780689121630
Lccn
92004446
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)25281419

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