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

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

by Louis S. Warren
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That's the question with which the author challenges his readers--was William Cody (i.e., Buffalo Bill) a real frontiersman or simply a show business celebrity pretending to be one for the sake of profit? In the end, the author seems to conclude that it doesn't matter--he brought the West--genuine or imagined--to the East Coast and to Europe, creating a community among its diverse performers in their traveling city which defied the seething tensions between Anglo Americans and immigrants in teeming cities such as New York. Though his Wild West Show perpetuated the myth of inevitable white dominance in the world, he was actually ambivalent about everything he presented on stage, and that ambivalence is what struck a chord with both middle-class audiences and angry immigrants, making him appealing to everyone who dreamed of his own homestead where he could write the narrative of his own life. Isn't that the goal of every performer? In that sense, William Cody was the consummate performer, who deserves to hear an eternal applause.