Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-Century America / Edition 1

Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-Century America / Edition 1

by Richard Slotkin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0806130318

ISBN-13: 9780806130316

Pub. Date: 04/28/1998

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

Gunfighter Nation completes Richard Slotkin’s trilogy, begun in Regeneration Through Violence and continued in Fatal Environment, on the myth of the American frontier. Slotkin examines an impressive array of sources - fiction, Hollywood westerns, and the writings of Hollywood figures and Washington leaders - to show how the racialist theory of Anglo-Saxon

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Gunfighter Nation completes Richard Slotkin’s trilogy, begun in Regeneration Through Violence and continued in Fatal Environment, on the myth of the American frontier. Slotkin examines an impressive array of sources - fiction, Hollywood westerns, and the writings of Hollywood figures and Washington leaders - to show how the racialist theory of Anglo-Saxon ascendance and superiority (embodied in Theodore Roosevelt’s The Winning of the West), rather than Frederick Jackson Turner’s thesis of the closing of the frontier, exerted the most influence in popular culture and government policy making in the twentieth century. He argues that Roosevelt’s view of the frontier myth provided the justification for most of America’s expansionist policies, from Roosevelt’s own Rough Riders to Kennedy’s counterinsurgency and Johnson’s war in Vietnam.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806130316
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Edition description:
OKLAHOMA P
Pages:
864
Sales rank:
226,916
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.71(d)

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