Buffalo Bill's America: William Cody and the Wild West Show by Louis S. Warren | 9780375412165 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Buffalo Bill's America: William Cody and the Wild West Show

Buffalo Bill's America: William Cody and the Wild West Show

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by Louis S. Warren
     
 

ISBN-10: 0375412166

ISBN-13: 9780375412165

Pub. Date: 10/11/2005

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

William Cody (1846-1917), a.k.a. Buffalo Bill, was the most famous American of his age. A child of the frontier Great Plains, Cody was renowned as a Pony Express rider, prospector, trapper, Civil War soldier, professional buffalo hunter, Indian fighter, cavalry scout, horseman, dime-novel hero, and actor. But Buffalo Bill's greatest success was as impresario of the

Overview

William Cody (1846-1917), a.k.a. Buffalo Bill, was the most famous American of his age. A child of the frontier Great Plains, Cody was renowned as a Pony Express rider, prospector, trapper, Civil War soldier, professional buffalo hunter, Indian fighter, cavalry scout, horseman, dime-novel hero, and actor. But Buffalo Bill's greatest success was as impresario of the Wild West show, the traveling company of cowboys, Indians, Mexican vaqueros, and others, numbering in the hundreds, with which he toured North America and Europe for more than three decades. As Louis S. Warren reveals, the show company came to represent America itself, its dazzling mix of races sprung from a frontier past, welded into a thrilling performance, and making their way through the world via the modern technologies of railroad, portable electrical generator, telephones, and brilliantly colored publicity-an entrancing vision of the frontier-born, newly mechanized, polyglot United States in the Gilded Age.

Biographers have long disputed whether Cody was a hero or a charlatan. As Warren shows, the question already preoccupied critics and spectators during Cody's own lifetime. In fact, the savvy entertainer encouraged the dispute by mingling fictional exploits with his not inconsiderable achievements to construct the persona of an ideal frontiersman, a figure who was more controversial than has been commonly understood. At the same time, his show provided a means for rural westerners, including cowboys, cowgirls, and especially Lakota Sioux Indians, to claim a new future for themselves by reenacting a version of the past.

The most comprehensive critical biography of William Cody in more than forty years, Buffalo Bill's America places America's most renowned showman in the context of his cultural worlds in the Far West, in the East, and in Europe. A rich and revealing biography and social history of an American cultural icon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375412165
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/11/2005
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.47(h) x 1.65(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART ONE
One: Pony Express
Two: The Attack on the Settler’s Cabin
Three: The Village . . . The Cyclone
Four: With the Prince of Pistoleers
Five: Guide and Scout
Six: Buffalo Hunt

PART TWO
Seven: Theater Star
Eight: Indians, Horses
Nine: Domesticating the Wild West
Ten: The Drama of Civilization: Visual Play and Moral Ambiguity
Eleven: Wild West London
Interlude: Broncho Charlie Miller
Twelve: Wild West Europe
Thirteen: Ghost Dance
Interlude: Standing Bear
Fourteen: Cowboys, Indians, and the Artful Deceptions of Race
Fifteen: Buffalo Bill’s America
Interlude: The Johnson Brothers

PART THREE
Sixteen: Empire of the Home
Seventeen: Showdown in Cheyenne
Interlude: Adele Von Ohl Parker
Eighteen: End of the Trail

Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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