Ryan mcmaken provides a sweeping roundup of false perceptions of the american west the story is not one of unrelenting violence but of hard work, trade, peace, and the tedium of daily life the development of the west was not dependent on the soldier with the rifle, but on the blacksmith, the school teacher, and the saloon owner. Major problems in the history of the american west y documents and essays second edition edited by clyde a milner ii outlaws, and violence page 195 1 documents julian crandall hollick • the american west in the european imagination 536 anne m butler • selling the popular myth 541.
But how wild was the west in this full lecture we explore the rise of vigilante justice, race riots against mexicans and chinese, and class conflict at coalmines from the lecture series: the american west: history, myth, and legacy taught by professor patrick n allitt, phd. History also reveals that the expanded presence of the us government was the real cause of a culture of violence in the american west if there is anything to the idea that a nineteenth-century culture of violence on the american frontier is the genesis of much of the violence in the united states today, the main source of that culture is therefore government, not civil society.
Full articles and summaries of old west outlaws, bandits, desperados, and outaw gangs menu corruption and violence in old julesburg, colorado bill booth – a notorious slayer in wyoming dutch henry born – biggest horse thief in the american west black bart, outlaw charles “black bart” bowles – the poet outlaw henry newton. We’ve all heard the tails of the outlaws and violence rampant in the american west but how wild was the west in this full lecture we explore the rise of vigilante justice, race riots against mexicans and chinese, and class conflict at coalmines. Known for his unpredictable personality and violent temper, clay allison was a gunfighter who is remembered as one of the deranged outlaws of the old west allison fought in the civil war, but was discharged after a blow to the head started causing erratic behavior in him. Born robert leroy parker, butch cassidy was the leader of the wild bunch gang who became notorious for robbing trains and banks in the american west his last name, cassidy, was a tribute to his friend and mentor mike cassidy who taught him how to shoot.
A century ago, the american west, and the process of homesteading and americanization that took place in the lands west of the mississippi river was seen as a triumph of american drive, ingenuity, and courage a sheer act of will that required hard work, perseverance, and above all, a spirit of independence and individualism. Much like today, outlaws have never been uncommon in history however, there are few criminals that get the recognition of those that lived in america’s old west after the civil war, many of the men who had become accustomed to violence, and often having lost their lands or fortunes, turned quickly to the other side of the law as these many outlaw tales were taking place on the american. Wild west shows: a following of the wild west shows of the american frontier the west as america people list of american old west outlaws: list of known outlaws and gunfighters of the american frontier popularly known as the wild west list of cowboys and cowgirls schoolmarm: a female teacher that usually works in a one-room schoolhouse list of western lawmen: list of notable law enforcement officials of the american frontier.
As we have seen in this paper, a lot of the violence and outlaws were blown out of proportion for the most part due to the over romantic love of violence the american mind has come to love this is due to the western movies and novels because that’s what sold the american heart. Amanda dees us history since 1876 outlaws of the old west the wild west was one of america's most violent timesthe american wild west is a period of history rife with tales of vicious gunfights and battles between lawmen and outlaws it is the story of exploration and forging a new way of life.
Immortalized in a number of films, songs, folklore, and even video games, the american wild west has become famous for its cowboys, gunslingers, and outlaws though the most notorious outlaws of the wild west were considered enemies of the state, today they are often spoken of as heroes and trailblazers.
In this paper i will talk about outlaws and lawmen as well as the portrayal of violence of the west and try to identify the myths and legends versus fact from which the american mind as drawn up so what is an outlaw.