Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-century America

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This work is the third in a trilogy that examines the role of the frontier in the development of the American national character. Beginning in the late 19th century with the official "closing" of the frontier, the book then deals with the mythologizing of the frontier in various commercial genres.

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Examines the fundamental ways in which the frontier myth influences American culture and politics, drawing on dime novels, Hollywood westerns, and the writings of political figures.

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