The Creation Of The Cowboy Hero

Author: Jeremy Agnew
Editor: McFarland
ISBN: 078647839X
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As business interests have commercialized the American West and publishers and studios have created a compelling image of the West, the expectations of readers and moviegoers have influenced public perception of the cowboy as a hero figure. This book describes the evolution of the Western cowboy hero as a mythic persona created and propagated by dime novels, television and Hollywood. Because much of our concept of the cowboy comes to us from movies, the book's main focus is his changing image in cinema. The development of the cowboy's hero image and his place in the fictional West is traced from early novels and films to the present. His image has definitely evolved along with shifting audience expectations and economic pressures.

Lone Heroes And The Myth Of The American West In Comic Books 1945 1962

Author: David Huxley
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 3319930850
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Crime Justice And Retribution In The American West 1850 1900

Author: Jeremy Agnew
Editor: McFarland
ISBN: 1476664471
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Western movies are full of images of swaggering outlaws brought to justice by valiant lawmen shooting them down in daring gunfights before riding off into the sunset. In reality it would not have happened that way. Real lawmen did not simply walk away from a gunfight--they had to face the legal system and justify shooting a civilian in the line of duty. Providing a more realistic view of criminal justice in the Old West, this history focuses on how criminals came into conflict with the law and how the law responded. The process is described in detail, from the common crimes of the day--such as train robbery and cattle theft--to the methods of apprehending criminals to their adjudication and punishment by incarceration, flogging or hanging.

Spanish Influence On The Old Southwest

Author: Jeremy Agnew
Editor: McFarland
ISBN: 1476623279
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The traditional narrative of the American West tells of a frontier settled by pioneers emigrating from the east to the Pacific coast. Yet Spanish conquistadors arrived in Central America 150 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. With them came missionaries who tried to convert the Pueblo and Plains Indians to Christianity by force, a suppression of native religious beliefs that led to cultural clashes and outright war. This is the story--fully documented--of how Spanish explorers, soldiers and men of the church pushed north from Mexico in the 1500s, seeking riches and establishing settlements from Texas to California 250 years before the influx of American settlers in the mid-1800s.

The Cowboy Hero

Author: William W. Savage
Editor: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806119205
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Analyzes the modern myth of the cowboy as it appears in movies, advertising, the rodeo, and fiction, and gauges its effect on American thought

The Cowboys

Author: William Dale Jennings
Editor:
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The Truth About Cowboys

Author: Margot Early
Editor: Harlequin
ISBN: 1460317718
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TRUTH OF THE HEART Erin MacKenzie considers herself a candidate for the Dumped by Cowboys Hall of Fame. Especially since she was stood up by rodeo cowboy Abe Cockburn, the father of her baby daughter, Maeve. And then there's another cowboy—Erin's own father, rancher Kip Kay, whom she's never even met. Who's never acknowledged her. Erin makes a risky choice: she goes to Colorado to tell Abe about his daughter. And to tell Kip about his. She goes to Colorado to find the truth about cowboys…and about fathers.

The Encyclopedia Of Westerns

Author: Herb Fagen
Editor: Facts on File
ISBN: 9780816044573
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Presents an alphabetical listing of western films, discussing information on production, cast, and crew, and offering a summary of the plot, and a critical analysis.

The Legend Of Bass Reeves

Author: Gary Paulsen
Editor: Laurel Leaf
ISBN: 0307513793
Size: 19,21 MB
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Born into slavery, Bass Reeves became the most successful US Marshal of the Wild West. Many "heroic lawmen" of the Wild West, familiar to us through television and film, were actually violent scoundrels and outlaws themselves. But of all the sheriffs of the frontier, one man stands out as a true hero: Bass Reeves. He was the most successful Federal Marshal in the US in his day. True to the mythical code of the West, he never drew his gun first. He brought hundreds of fugitives to justice, was shot at countless times, and never hit. Bass Reeves was a black man, born into slavery. And though the laws of his country enslaved him and his mother, when he became a free man he served the law, with such courage and honor that he became a legend. From the Hardcover edition.

Into The Wild

Author: Jon Krakauer
Editor: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307476869
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In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild. Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild. Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless. Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons. When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page. From the Trade Paperback edition.