Summary: 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 Frederi
ck 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.
Summary: 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. ...show less
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Richard Slotkin is Olin Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Wesleyan Univeristy. He is the author of Regeneration Through Violence: The Mythology of the American Frontier, 1600-1860 and The Fatal Environment: The Myth of the Frontier in the Age of Industrialization, 1800-1890, published by the University of Oklahoma Press.
''The first major general interpretation of twentieth-century American history to use as its key primary source the preeminent form of mass cultural consumption in the century: Hollywood movies...It is a book of immense learning and convincing interpretation.''
-- Richard Maxwell Brown, Western Historical Quarterly
''Breaks new ground in its careful explication of the continuing dynamic between politics and myth, myth and popular culture.... It makes the reader re-examine the underpinnings of American political and cultural ideology.''
-- Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
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