Across the Great Divide: Cultures of Manhood in the American West / Edition 1

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From Custer and Geronimo to John Wayne and the Marlboro Man, American notions of masculinity have been deeply interwoven with our ideas about the West. But there's more to the relationship between manhood and the frontier than a simple tale of cowboys and Indians,

ruggedness and civilization. In Across the Great Divide, some of our leading historians look to both the history of masculinity in the West and to the ways that this experience has been represented in movies, popular music, dimestore novels, and folklore. Ramon Gutierrez

(When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away) describes the culture of machismo in early New Mexico; Susan Lee Johnson (Roaring Camp revenge, and convicted outlaws walking to the gallows, among other characters. Intriguing, provocative, and important, Across the Great Divide makes us rethink easy assumptions about the nature of American masculinity.

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Historians and anthropologists examine the gender systems, analyses of masculinity, and revisionist scholarship in western US history. The topics include honor and virtue in 18th-century colonial New Mexico, the politics of risk on the Comstock Lode from 1860 to 1880, public hangings, constructions of Chinese manhood in the exclusionist debates of 1869-78, ranchers and their animals, the utilization of the cowboy- hero image in contemporary Asian-American literature, and challenging Indian masculinity in the cinema. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415924719
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Basso is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the University of Minnesota.Laura McCall is Associate Professor of History at Metropolitan State College in Denver, and a co-editor of A Shared Experience: Men, Women, and the History of Gender. Dee Garceau is Assistant Professor of History at Rhodes College and the author of The Important Things in Life: Women, Work & Family in Wyoming.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 "Tell Me with Whom You Walk and I Will Tell You Who You Are": Honor and Virtue in Eighteenth-Century Colonial New Mexico 25
2 Bulls, Bears, and Dancing Boys: Race, Gender, and Leisure in the California Gold Rush 45
3 Manly Gambles: The Politics of Risk on the Comstock Lode, 1860-1880 73
4 Cool to the End: Public Hangings and Western Manhood 97
5 White Men, Red Masks: Appropriations of "Indian" Manhood in Imagined Wests 109
6 "A Distinct and Antagonistic Race": Constructions of Chinese Manhood in the Exclusionist Debates, 1869-1878 131
7 Nomads, Bunkies, Cross-Dressers, and Family Men: Cowboy Identity and the Gendering of Ranch Work 149
8 Domesticated Bliss: Ranchers and Their Animals 169
9 Man-Power: Montana Copper Workers, State Authority, and the (Re)drafting of Manhood during World War II 185
10 On the Road: Cassady, Kerouac, and Images of Late Western Masculinity 211
11 "All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes": The Utilization of the Cowboy-Hero Image in Contemporary Asian-American Literature 231
12 "I Guess Your Warrior Look Doesn't Work Every Time": Challenging Indian Masculinity in the Cinema 251
13 Tex-Sex-Mex: American Identities, Lone Stars, and the Politics of Racialized Sexuality 275
Contributors 293
Permissions 297
Index 299
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