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

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

by Richard Slotkin
     
 

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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,"…  See more details below

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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.

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**** Reprint of the Atheneum original of 1985, which is included in BCL3. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780060976262
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/01/1994
Edition description:
1st HarperPerennial ed
Pages:
656

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