Nothing captures the popular imagination more than the Old West. Full of Native Americans, gunslingers, trappers, bank robbers, cattle rustlers, and US Marshals, it promises adventure and romance. From western dime novels to spaghetti westerns, endless stories centered on the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of settling the American west. Legendary characters like Wild Bill Hitchcock and Annie Oakley live on in our imaginations. Old Hollywood put out hundreds of westerns, including a few classics that stand the test of time. Their heroes fought rustlers, sought revenge for murderous wrongs, and sometimes rode off into the sunset with a woman. Or their trusty horse.
Westerns have come and gone in popularity, and few attract a large audience in modern times… but the history of the old west, its notorious heroes, gamblers, and sheriffs, give us a glimpse into a past Americans share as part of the last frontier. While Bostonians drank tea and dithered on politics, men and women lived in an unsettled territory that forced them to survive on sheer willpower.
Read along as we celebrate some of the legends and tales set in the Old West.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Calamity Jane: by Scarlett Grant
Destiny at High Noon: by Rachel Sexton
The Adventures of Half Pint: Laura Ingals Wilder: by Veronica Leigh
Blazing Saddles: by Carol Starkey
Not Just a Little Sure Shot, Annie Oakley: Scarlett Grant
Dr. Quinn: Old Lessons for New Times: by Jessica Santulli
The Pony Express: by Lila Donovan
The Feminist Western: A Vision of Equality: by Charity Bishop
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