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Gunfighter Nation

Gunfighter Nation - 98 edition

Gunfighter Nation - 98 edition

ISBN13: 9780806130316

ISBN10: 0806130318

Gunfighter Nation by Richard Slotkin - ISBN 9780806130316
Edition: 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Published: 1998
International: No
Gunfighter Nation by Richard Slotkin - ISBN 9780806130316

ISBN13: 9780806130316

ISBN10: 0806130318

Edition: 98

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.

Author Bio

Slotkin, Richard : Wesleyan Univeristy

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.

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