The Fatal Environment: The Myth of the Frontier in the Age of Industrialization, 1800-1890

The Fatal Environment: The Myth of the Frontier in the Age of Industrialization, 1800-1890

by Richard Slotkin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 080613030X

ISBN-13: 9780806130309

Pub. Date: 04/28/1998

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

In The Fatal Environment, Richard Slotkin demonstrates how the myth of frontier expansion and subjugation of the Indians helped to justify the course of America’s rise to wealth and power. Using Custer’s Last Stand as a metaphor for what Americans feared might happen if the frontier should be closed and the "savage" element be permitted to

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In The Fatal Environment, Richard Slotkin demonstrates how the myth of frontier expansion and subjugation of the Indians helped to justify the course of America’s rise to wealth and power. Using Custer’s Last Stand as a metaphor for what Americans feared might happen if the frontier should be closed and the "savage" element be permitted to dominate the "civilized," Slotkin shows the emergence by 1890 of a myth redefined to help Americans respond to the confusion and strife of industrialization and imperial expansion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806130309
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
656
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.29(d)

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