Have gun, will travel: The myth of the frontier in the Hollywood Western

Springhall, John
December 2011
Historian (02651076);Winter2011, Issue 112, p20
Academic Journal
The article looks at depictions of U.S. history in the Western genre of American films. According to the author, the genre developed in response to feelings of nostalgia and anxiety following the close of the American frontier in the late 19th century. It is suggested that the films depict a mythological version of the American West and that they are more reflective of the era in which they were made than of their historical settings. Film portrayals of Native Americans are also discussed.


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