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Land of savagery/land of promise : the European image of the American frontier in the nineteenth century

Author: Ray Allen Billington
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©1981.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ray Allen Billington
ISBN: 0393013766 9780393013764
OCLC Number: 5946517
Description: xv, 364 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: early visions of the new world. Nature glorified: the golden age ; Nature degraded: the view from America ; Nature in eclipse: seventeenth-century rationalism ; Nature glorified: the age of romanticism ; The noble savage ; The changing image: the captivity narratives. --
The image-makers: land of savagery. Europe's Coopermania ; The cult of the western ; Beginnings of realism: the early novelists ; The impact of the western ; The sensationalists. --
The image-makers: land of promise. The promoters ; The "America letters" ; The travelers. --
The look of the land. The woodlands frontier ; The prairies and the plains ; Mountains and deserts of the far west --
Native Americans: from noble to ignoble savagery. Europeanizing the noble savage ; "Bad" Indians: evil incarnate ; The ignoble savage. --
Native Americans: doomed to extermination. Frontier savagery: the European view ; Official savagery: federal Indian policy ; Extermination justified: the imperialistic view ; Extermination deplored: the humanitarian view. --
The frontiersmen: heroes vs. villains. Hunters and plainsmen ; Squatters and backwoodsmen ; Enter the cowboy. --
Pioneer farmers: unsung heroes. Portrait of the pioneer ; Cultural decay --
or renaissance? ; Religious fanaticism ; Uncivilized manners. --
Europeans view the western character. Frontier materialism ; Frontier wastefulness ; The restless temper ; Optimism and the spirit of progress ; The work ethic ; Frontier ingenuity ; Frontier puffing. --
Land of opportunity. The garden of the world ; The American urge ; The lure of pioneering ; The rewards of labor ; Frontier success --
and failure. --
Land of Equality. The basis of frontier equality ; Frontier equality ; Frontier liberty ; Frontier democracy. --
Land of savagery. Centers of lawlessness: the Mississippi valley ; Centers of lawlessness: the far west ; Frontier law enforcement ; Frontier nativism. --
The European reaction. Emigration and its impact ; The political impact ; The social impact. --
Epilogue: the persisting image. The role of western fiction ; Celluloid westerns ; Frontier cultism ; The image in modern perspective.
Responsibility: by Ray Allen Billington.

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