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The fatal environment : the myth of the frontier in the age of industrialization, 1800-1890

Author: Richard Slotkin
Publisher: New York : Atheneum, 1985.
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Genre/Form: Pionierleben
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Slotkin, Richard, 1942-
Fatal environment.
New York : Atheneum, 1985
(OCoLC)558592219
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Slotkin
ISBN: 0689114109 9780689114106
OCLC Number: 10925483
Awards: Kate Broocks Bates Award entry.
Description: xiii, 636 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I. Myth is the Language of historical memory. Exposition: the frontier as myth and ideology --
Myth and historical memory --
The frontier myth as a theory of development --
pt. II. The language of the frontier myth. Regeneration through violence: history as an Indian war, 1675-1820 --
Ideology and fiction: the role of Cooper --
pt. III. Metropolis vs. frontier. The backwash of a closing frontier: industrialization and the hiatus of expansion, 1820-1845 --
Utopia/dystopia: plantation, factory, and city, 1820-1845 --
pt. IV. Myth of a new frontier: renewal and breakdown, 1845-1850. A choice of frontiers: Texas, Mexico, and the far West, 1835-1850 --
The myth that wasn't: literary responses to the Mexican War, 1847-1850 --
pt. V. The railroad frontier, 1850-1860. Prophecy of the iron horse --
The ideology of race conflict, 1848-1858 --
The inversion of the frontier hero: William Walker and John Brown, 1855-1860 --
pt. VI. Toward the last frontier, 1860-1876. Regimentation and reconstruction: the emergence of a managerial ideology, 1860-1873 --
The reconstruction of class and racial symbolism, 1865-1876 --
The new El Dorado, 1874 --
pt. VII. The boy general, 1839-1876. West Point, Wall Street, and the Wild West, 1839-1868 --
The boy general returns; or, Custer's revenge, 1868-1876 --
pt. VIII. The last stand as ideological object, 1876-1890. To the last man: assembling the last stand myth, 1876 --
The Indian war comes home: the great strike of 1877 --
Morgan's last stand: literary mythology and the specter of revolution, 1876-1890.
Responsibility: by Richard Slotkin.

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