The American West

Author: David Hamilton Murdoch
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874173697
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The American West from the Author: David Hamilton Murdoch. "Americans have chosen to invest one small part of their history, the settlement of the western wilderness, with extraordinary significance. The lost frontier of the 1800s remains not merely a source of excitement and romance but of inspiration, because it is seen as providing a set of unique and imperishable core-values: individualism, self-reliance, and a pristine sense of right and wrong. As a construct of the imagination, our creation of the West is exceptional. Since this construct has little to do with history, David Murdoch argues that our beliefs about the West amount to a modern functional myth." "In addition to presenting a sustained analysis of how and why the myth originated, Murdoch demonstrates that the myth was invented, for the most part deliberately, and then outgrew the purposes of its inventors." "The American West answers the questions that have too often been either begged or ignored. Why should the West become the focus for myth in the first place, and why, given the long process of western settlement, is the cattleman's West so central and the cowboy, of all prototypes, the mythic hero? And why should the myth have retained its potency up to the last decade of the twentieth century?"--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Outside America

Author: Dan Moos
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 9781584655060
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Outside America from the Author: Dan Moos. A new study of those excluded from the national narrative of the West. Dan Moos challenges both traditional and revisionist perspectives in his exploration of the role of the mythology of the American West in the creation of a national identity. While Moos concurs with contemporary scholars who note that the myths of the American West depended in part upon the exclusion of certain groups - African Americans, Native Americans, and Mormons - he notes that many scholars, in their eagerness to identify and validate such excluded positions, have given short shrift to the cultural power of the myths they seek to debunk. That cultural power was such, Moos notes, that these disenfranchised groups themselves sought to harness it to their own ends through the active appropriation of the terms of those myths in advocating for their own inclusion in the national narrative. that, because the construction of American culture was never designed to accommodate these outsiders, their writings display a division between their imagined place in the narrative of the nation and their effacement within the real West marked by intolerance and inequality.

Spring 2011

Author: Logaranee Gunaratnam
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
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Spring 2011 from the Author: Logaranee Gunaratnam.

Cow Boys And Cattle Men

Author: Jacqueline M. Moore
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814757405
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Cow Boys And Cattle Men from the Author: Jacqueline M. Moore. Cowboys are an American legend, but despite ubiquity in history and popular culture, misperceptions abound. Technically, a cowboy worked with cattle, as a ranch hand, while his boss, the cattleman, owned the ranch. Jacqueline M. Moore casts aside romantic and one-dimensional images of cowboys by analyzing the class, gender, and labor histories of ranching in Texas during the second half of the nineteenth century. As working-class men, cowboys showed their masculinity through their skills at work as well as public displays in town. But what cowboys thought was manly behavior did not always match those ideas of the business-minded cattlemen, who largely absorbed middle-class masculine ideals of restraint. Real men, by these standards, had self-mastery over their impulses and didn’t fight, drink, gamble or consort with "unsavory" women. Moore explores how, in contrast to the mythic image, from the late 1870s on, as the Texas frontier became more settled and the open range disappeared, the real cowboys faced increasing demands from the people around them to rein in the very traits that Americans considered the most masculine. Published in Cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University.

One West Two Myths Ii

Author: Robert Thacker
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
ISBN: 1552382044
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One West Two Myths Ii from the Author: Robert Thacker. Cross-border issues between Canada and the US have increasingly become a hot-button political topic as well as a burgeoning area of study. This collection presents scholarly views on the comparison of the Canadian and American Wests and the various methodologies involved

Comics Of The American West

Author: Maurice Horn
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Comics Of The American West from the Author: Maurice Horn. Traces the history of Western comics and discusses the contributions made by comic strips and comic books to the mythology of the West.

Discovered Lands Invented Pasts

Author: Jules David Prown
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300057317
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Discovered Lands Invented Pasts from the Author: Jules David Prown. A common theme of western American art is the transformation of the land through European-American exploration and resettlement. In this book, the authors look at western American art of the past three centuries, re-evaluating it from the perspectives of history, art history and American studies.

Change In The American West

Author: Stephen Tchudi
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874172881
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Change In The American West from the Author: Stephen Tchudi. An intriguing look at the human dimension of change, focusing on individual elements and events that have created The West. Co-published with the Nevada Humanities Committee. Halcyon Imprint.

Independent Spirits

Author: Patricia Trenton
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520202030
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Independent Spirits from the Author: Patricia Trenton. Explores the role of women in the expansion of the United States and their subsequent influence on the culture and society of the American west.

Print The Legend

Author: Martha A. Sandweiss
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300103151
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Print The Legend from the Author: Martha A. Sandweiss. Resurrecting scores of rare images of the 19th century American West, "Print the Legend" offers engaging tales of ambitious photographic adventurers, and misinterpreted images. Chronicling both the history of a place and the history of a medium, this book portrays how Americans first came to understand western photos and to envision their expanding nation. 138 illustrations.